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PPP, opposition consensus on caretaker setup difficult: PML-N

01 February, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has for the first time declared that consensus between the ruling PPP and opposition on the caretaker setup is hard to achieve.

"It is difficult that both ruling party and opposition reach an agreement for caretaker setup, and the matter seems to be heading towards Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)," Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told media outside parliament on Thursday. Under the 20th Constitutional Amendment, the prime minister and opposition leader have to evolve consensus on the caretaker prime minister.

If the two do not agree on one candidate, then the matter would be referred to a parliamentary committee having equal representation from treasury and opposition benches to come up with a consensus name. And if the parliamentary committee also fails to evolve consensus on one name, then the matter would go to the ECP. Although various names are being mentioned in the media for the caretaker prime minister, but the government and opposition have yet to start formal consultations on future caretaker setup.

Chaudhry Nisar said that even if the opposition agreed with the government on the caretaker prime minister, it would not agree with Tahirul Qadri, who would be consulted by the ruling alliance over caretaker prime minister. He claimed that the ECP was being put under pressure because of it having final authority on the caretaker prime minister.

About the revelations by Gen (r) Shahid Aiz on the Kargil War, Nisar said that a judicial commission was needed over the issue to bring forth the truth about the conflict in which, he added, former army chief and later president Gen Pervez Musharraf wasted lives of many army personnel by virtue of not taking the armed forces into confidence. He said Musharraf had more than 500 officers and soldiers martyred, and added that he had proof that the former president had told the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, that Pakistan Army troops would not cross the Line of Control.

About the issue of new provinces in Punjab, the opposition leader said that his party was not consulted on the issue and it will table a privilege motion in the National Assembly against it. He said the proposed 30 percent share for the new province from Punjab's allocations from the National Finance Commission Award would not be sufficient to meet its needs. He announced to stage the long-awaited sit-in before parliament on February 4. The JUP, Sunni Tehreek, JUI-F, PML-Functional, Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party, Awami Tehreek, Sindh United Party and NPP will participate in the sit-in along with PML-N, Nisar said.

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