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PML-N calls MQM's pullout a 'conspiracy'

18 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan addressing a press conference at Punjab House.
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ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday called MQM's pulling out of the PPP coalition government "a topi drama" and announced that the PML-N will not accept the party as a part of opposition in Centre and Sindh.

"The drama has been staged by the MQM in connivance with the PPP to install the caretaker setup of their choice in Sindh," Nisar stated at a press conference at the Punjab House. He said that the PML-N will not consult MQM on the caretaker setup in Centre, and will also not allow it to sit in the parliamentary committee on opposition benches, if the caretaker prime minister's issue is referred to it in case of disagreement between the prime minister and the opposition leader.

"All the opposition parties are also united on this point that the MQM should not be consulted on the caretaker setup," Nisar told the media, and added that this move of the MQM is also a violation of the 20th Constitutional Amendment. The opposition leader indicated that his party may move the court against this development after consulting Pir Pagara and other opposition parties in Sindh. The PML-N stalwart pointed out that the MQM wanted to occupy the space of the opposition at the behest of the PPP to have people of their choice in the caretaker setup.

He lashed out at the MQM for being an equal partner of the government during its whole tenure and held it equally responsible for the "mess created by the government". Nisar did not object to the decision of the JUI-F to move to opposition if governor's rule in Balochistan is not lifted when his attention was drawn to the likelihood of the same in the province. "At least JUI-F has been sitting on opposition benches for a long time and if they do so in Balochistan, we have no objection at all," Nisar said.

On the dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies on March 16, the opposition leader said that the PML-N holds the key to dissolution of assemblies on the same day. He, however, threatened his party may not dissolve the Punjab Assembly if the election campaign was not restricted to sixty days. "We don't accept the ninety days election campaign and will resist it," he added. Nisar denied receiving any letter from the prime minister on the caretaker premier.


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