PML-N threatens long march, Awan says 'go ahead'

Published: October 10, 2010

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has strongly opposed the President's decision of bringing in Justice Deedar Hussain Shah as the NAB chairman.

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif strongly opposed President Asif Ali Zardari’s decision of bringing in Justice Deedar Hussain Shah as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman. Shahbaz said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will take out a ‘long march’ if the decision is not retracted.

The PML-N had earlier rejected the appointment in a formal statement, and opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had called Deedar a partisan person and contradicted a claim by the government that the decision was based on consultation with him.

MNA Ahsan Iqbal, the spokesman for the PML-N had said, “By appointing its own handpicked man as NAB chairman and ignoring reservations of the opposition, the Zardari regime has clearly shown its unwillingness to bring transparency and trust in the accountability process.”

Awan welcomes long march

Speaking at a press conference in Lahore, Federal Law Minister Babar Awan said the PPP would welcome the long march and urged the Punjab government to end playing politics of turncoats.

He said the President and the Prime Minister respect the Charter of Democracy, and according to the agreement, both the PML-N and PPP should respect one other. He added that the word ‘consultation’ does not mean accepting an order.

Awan also said that the opposition has the freedom to oppose the government’s policies in a parliamentary form of government.

Earlier, responding to criticism on the appointment of the new chairman Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had said that the president had discretionary powers of appointment and the chief justice of Pakistan did not need to be consulted.

The appointment has also been challenged in the Lahore High Court through a petition on the grounds that it is in violation of the Constitution.

The petition was filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffery contending that the appointment of the new chairman NAB was unlawful.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • S. Ali Raza
    Oct 10, 2010 - 4:34PM

    Oh man.. this is great.. I dare the Sharif’s to another long march. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 10, 2010 - 4:36PM

    Long march or short march. It won’t make any difference. PML(N) is not in the office in Federal Cabinet.

    When PML(N) will have majority in the Federal Cabinet then it can go to any sort of march, otherwise it is going to be a futile effort.

    If Punjab Government had any name for the NAB Chief in mind, it would have recommended to the President or Prime Minster earlier. Now the time is over. Good luck next time.

    Though General Musharraf has said that the time of military coup is over, but the time can change depending how the sitting Government and the Opposition maintan their relations with each other.

    It is the politicians who act in such a way where it becomes necessary for Army to take over. Shahbaz Sharif is sidelining PML(N) and he is going to miss the change to become the next Prime Minister of Pakisan. Think twice before you act. Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Oct 10, 2010 - 4:49PM

    hahaha.. hahaha..Qadam Badhao Nawaz Sharief…Ham Tumahray Sath hain…. lolz.. I want to see how many people are with PML(N)… along with PPP, they have to compete Musharraf. Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 4:59PM

    Give this poor country a break! Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 5:19PM

    It does’nt matter whether the PPP, PML(N), PML(Q), MQM, ANP, MMA or a dictator is in power, what matters to the people is that the nation’s exchequer and wealth should not be plundered and those responsible should not only be punished in accordance with law, but the stolen money is returned. This unfortunate nation has been caught up in a viscious cycle of rising burden of foreign and domestic loans, while those at helm transfer billions pilfered through corruption and kickbacks to their foreign bank accounts. Be it railway locomotives, or rental power, or PIA aircrafts and parts etc, nothing has changed in essence. The robbers have become more dare-devil, since they are assured there will be no accountability.EvenMush the man who is guilty of usurping constitution is talking of coming back, because he is sure there will be no accountabilty. The cancer of corruption, if not checked will destroy everything. Those who are beneficiaries of this heist and instututionalised corruption have already given up on this country and just want to milk it, of whatever is left,, before they run away to their new adopted country of abode. The Jiyalas or Piyaras of others are being made a fool by exploiting their emotions. It is sad that no government, whether it be a dictator who has usurped power, or those elected recently have been loyal to this country. Had they been loyal and just only corrupt, atleast their assets would be located here….Recommend

  • H.A Hasan
    Oct 10, 2010 - 5:25PM

    We all Pakistanis are waiting a long march only for our problems. We don’t know when a long march will begin against prize hike, poverty, illiteracy and other crises which effect a common man.Recommend

  • Tani
    Oct 10, 2010 - 5:54PM

    This an issue that’s bothering the Sharifs, that’s why there is a long, short and a medium march etc. Why there been no marches for the issues of the masses? When people were marching for the CJ, I was told by many that it’s an issue related to the masses, Justice is important in this country and bla bla bla. I ask you WHAT THE HELL HAS CHANGED AFTER THE CJ was restored? Did the Sialkot borthers get Justice? No. Did the people who disappeared in mid day return to their families? No. Did the crime decrease in this country? No. Are we better off as Pakistanis better off today? No.
    Then WHY IN THE WORLD SHOULD WE CARE?Recommend

  • baber butt
    Oct 10, 2010 - 6:16PM

    Can you think ppp govt will do any work for the welfair of country and nation, Govt will take back the decision of chairman nab deedar .so jote bhe khai or dundy bhe Recommend

  • Majid
    Oct 10, 2010 - 6:32PM

    Justice must prevail. The fair should hold the seat of authority. We must strive. We are with you Mian sb.Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 6:48PM

    Long-march against democratic regime. Quite constitutional eh ?Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 7:01PM

    lol at PMLN, this party has really gone nuts threatening long march for NAB chairman appointmentRecommend

  • Javed Afridi
    Oct 10, 2010 - 7:15PM

    There should be someone resisting the self-centered policies of the Zardari-led government until the end of it tenure as we have to bear him for voting his (wife’s) party to power.
    Don’t you know this person, he would have sold the country within his first few days in power, had it not been for the few vigilant eyes. Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 7:16PM

    There a thousand other better reasons for a long march. Why would people get out for a NAB chairman. Just another useless statement.Recommend

  • Ali Muhammad
    Oct 10, 2010 - 7:43PM

    …. and Nawaz League want Khuwaja Sharif as NAB Chairman……Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 11, 2010 - 12:42AM

    Long March or Quick March or “Don’t Open Cases Against Us”. I think it is time for Takht e Lahore for “About Turn” and then Left right, left right, left right …… Halt.Recommend

  • Mubz
    Oct 11, 2010 - 1:23AM

    well I dont have any love of Sharifs, but let me say: Govt wants someone to hold a march and end this current govt so that they can become innocents again and cry out in public for not having five full years of Govt Tenure. Thats why they are making such decisions. They are not also not able to do a good job in Govt. If a normal Engineer or Scientist works throughout the day with honesty still he would be lagging behind in the work, but all these polititicians who have higher level of responsibility still have a lot of time to waste on media and holding SO CALLED War of Words just to keep attention of people out from other issues.Recommend

  • Adeel Haider
    Oct 11, 2010 - 7:32PM

    wow………….every problems solution is long march………..Recommend

  • moeed
    Oct 12, 2010 - 12:05AM

    considering the current situation with floods i doubt it Recommend

  • Ihsan ur Rehman
    Oct 12, 2010 - 10:09AM

    Pakistani Nation will support “LONG MARCH”, if it is against
    CORRUPTION
    BAD GOVERNANCE
    PRICE HIKE
    ILLITERACY &
    POVERTY

    Is there any one leader to raise these major issues.Recommend

  • lambasting
    Oct 12, 2010 - 6:28PM

    Nawaz and Shahbaz. Someone need to suggest them to leave power instead of organizing Land Cruiser MarchRecommend

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