PML-N shows will to accept govt's caretaker PM
13 February, 2013
LAHORE: The main opposition party in Centre, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has showed its willingness to compromise on government's caretaker prime minister.
This understanding was given by PML-N President Nawaz Sharif while talking to journalists on Tuesday when he was asked about the interim setup and the caretaker prime minister's names from the government. He said that early nomination of the caretaker prime minister would be beneficial for national interest, adding that his party could also agree on government's caretaker names after reviewing them. Nawaz further stated that PML-N has completed homework regarding caretaker setup on the national level and a trusted and respected caretaker prime minister would be acceptable to all parties.
The PML-N chief also demanded the Pakistan People's Party-led (PPP) coalition government to announce the caretaker PM without any delay, in the greater interest of the nation and democracy. He stressed that the PPP government should take the caretaker setup seriously without wasting any time, and asked the entire political leadership to evolve a consensus on the issue. Nawaz said that he has asked Chaudhry Nisar to work out issues related to the caretaker setup.
Answering other queries, Nawaz confirmed to the newsmen that his party would participate in the all-parties conference (APC) called by the Awami National Party (ANP), a PPP ally, on the issue of terrorism on February 14. He said that Punjab Chief Minister and PML-N Punjab President Shahbaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Raja Zafarul Haq would represent his party at the APC.
To a query about the political worth of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri and his petition in the Supreme Court, the PML-N president said that the petition filed by Qadri for the reconstitution of the election commission was nothing but a conspiracy to sabotage the upcoming general elections. He said Qadri's approach is not correct, as Pakistan cannot afford any more "dramas". He termed the cleric's demands as completely unconstitutional and said that Pakistan should be given an opportunity to "become a civilised country".