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PPP-led government is incorrigible, says Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Mian Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said the present PPP-led government is incorrigible which may lead towards a political change in the country. "PML-N is in contact with the PML-Q and if the latter part its ways with the government, it would be easy to get rid of present inapt government," he said this while talking to a delegation of Council of National Affairs at his Raiwind residence on Wednesday.

Deputy Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League-N Ahsan Iqbal, Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Political Secretary Dr Asif Kirmani were also present on the occasion. Talking to the delegation, Nawaz said political change in the parliament is possible through constitutional way and PML-N is considering different options. He, however, said he had no meeting with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussein. He further said that the PML-N did not have enough votes for bringing a no-trust motion against the government headed by Yousuf Raza Gilani. "There may be a candidate of premiership from other party, if no confidence against Yousuf Raza Gilani succeeds," he said.

About situation in Karachi, the PML-N Chief said no serious efforts were made by the government to tackle the issue. He said external hand could be involved in creating unrest in Karachi. To a query, Nawaz said the present government had not given any workable solution to problems being faced by the country. In view of the track record of the present government, Nawaz said he has come to the conclusion that its further stay in power could be disastrous for the country.

The PML-N president said that the course of mistakes started by Musharraf regarding the war against terror is also being followed by the present government and PML-N is ready to help the government and security forces to extricate Pakistan from this situation. He said had the resolutions adopted by the parliament in October 2008 and May 2011 been implemented and the government had taken a firm stance on the issue of Raymond Davis, Pakistan would not have been facing the current situation.

He said that government should bring the resolution of all parties' conference in the parliament and an effective mechanism should be evolved for its implementation otherwise this all parties' conference and its resolution will be another fraud with the nation. He said that after February 2008 elections, Muslim League-N started the political journey with sincerity but Asif Zardari violated Bhurban agreement of March 09, 2008 and Islamabad agreement of August 2008, which widened the gulf of mistress.

Nawaz said that Zardari wanted to continue the PCO judiciary but due to pressure of various segments of the society, including lawyers and civil society and as a result of long march, he was forced to restore the judiciary of November 02 but he did not accept the present independent judiciary and is continuing to confront with the judiciary and disobeying its decisions. He said that besides independent judiciary, parliament was also made a mockery.

The PML-N president said that he did not repent over three years' policy of Muslim League-N as giving appropriate time to the government elected as a result of February 2008 elections was the demand of democracy but during this period, Muslim League-N have not been playing the role of friendly but constructive opposition and we have to face its consequence in the shape of governor rule in Punjab and his own and Shahbaz Sharif's disqualification.

Replying to a question, he said that an effective law is essential for accountability but the draft of present government is ineffective whereas Muslim League-N wanted such a system of accountability, which should be transparent, and no one has immunity. He said that he is not influenced by any particular group or organisation with regard to Pak-India relationship. It is his own opinion that we should solve all our issues including Kashmir peacefully through dialogue and this process had been initiated in the shape of "announcement of Lahore" on the arrival of Vajpayee but the adventurism of Kargil sabotaged all this process, he added. Moreover, Nawaz Sharif is proceeding to Sindh on a two-day tour. He would visit Nawabshah apart from visiting flood relief camps.

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