PML-N threatens PPP with ‘other options’

Published: February 28, 2011
"The PML-N will continue to
monitor Zardari administration’s performance
very closely" - PML-N Spokesperson Ahsan Iqbal. PHOTO: FILE/NNI

"The PML-N will continue to monitor Zardari administration’s performance very closely" - PML-N Spokesperson Ahsan Iqbal. PHOTO: FILE/NNI

ISLAMABAD: Two days after expelling the PPP from its Punjab government, the PML-N Sunday said it would go for ‘other options’ if President Asif Zardari could not take firm measures to curb the unbridled corruption.

A spokesperson for the party, however, did not specify in a statement the ‘options’ the PML-N believed were available to it.

“The PML-N will continue to monitor the Zardari administration’s performance very closely,” said Ahsan Iqbal, the party spokesperson and a member of the National Assembly. “It will play its democratic role to check massive corruption prevalent in the government if no concrete steps are taken (to eradicate it).”

Though Iqbal did not mention it explicitly, in recent months the party has been alluding to the possibility that it might call for fresh parliamentary elections this year.

Iqbal said that the party would not have expelled the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from the Punjab government had President Zardari lived up to his promises of eradicating corruption and improving governance.

“The Zardari administration’s broken promises and poor performance made it inevitable for the PML-N to part ways with the PPP in Punjab,” the spokesperson said.

Corruption, inflation, unemployment and poverty had crossed all limits and were the outcome of the politics of patronage and bad governance pursued by the federal government, Iqbal added.  He said that the PML-N went out of the way to help the federal government in implementing the reforms agenda which the country needed desperately but the Zardari administration exhibited no seriousness and concern.

“As a result there was no option left with the PML-N but to disengage with PPP in order to clearly demonstrate that it is not a party to the Zardari administration’s politics of plunder and loot,” said Iqbal.

Iqbal said that the Charter of Democracy (CoD) — an agreement two parties signed back in 2006 — made it binding on both the groups follow politics of good governance and to fight corruption.

“Zardari should have done that, if he wanted us to continue to support him,” the spokesperson explained.

Article 63-A was originally introduced as part of the 14th Amendment to the constitution in the 1990s, during the second term of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, largely to help prevent the kind of changes in party loyalty that had made coalition politics so volatile during the so-called “decade of democracy.” It was hoped that by making crossing party lines illegal, coalitions would be more stable.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2011.

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  • Feb 28, 2011 - 7:08PM

    If Ahsan Iqbal is really sincere in raising voice against corruption, he should come out and say how much corruption his mother Aapa Nisar Fatime has done during ziauil haq’s rule. I may quote an excerpt from late Ahmad Bashir’s book ‘Jo milay they rastey main’
    The second para of article ‘mujahid’ on page 245 says: ” Jamaati orton ki leader aapa nisar fatima naami aik nihayart chalaak khatoon thi jo aadhey moonh kaa pardah kartri thi magar soney ki choorion sey bhari hui kalai kohni tak nangi rakhti thi. Woh ziaul haq kay bohat qareeb thi kiyunkay woh oos kay islami nazria ka parchar karti thi. Oos kay badley oos ney kai tijarati saudey kiye aur nafa kamaya”.
    Nawaz’s camp is full of hypocrite people who indulged in corruption and made milllions of rupees. Now they appear to be ‘paarsa’ (pious) and raise voice against corruption. So Mr Ahsan Iqbal first give account of your family’s corruption then talk of others corruption.

  • Munni Zahoor
    Mar 1, 2011 - 8:15PM

    PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif is not abiding by the Charter of Democracy. PML-N chief was responsible for the uncertain political situation in the country. PPP has always challenged elements attempting to derail democracy. The government has done enough to eliminate the menace of terrorism, and has tried its best to resolve issues of the common man. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is harming democracy through horse trading. Democracy needed time for its establishment, but unfortunately “some elements” don’t want it to flourish. PPP sincerely worked on 75 per cent of the PML-N’s 10-point agenda. Horse trading in politics is an unfair practice. If anyone uses floor-crossing as a tool, it would harm the democratic environment.Recommend

  • Wajahat Mirza
    Mar 1, 2011 - 8:21PM

    The claws are out and all our political actors are ready to pounce on each other. The PPP and the PML-N are busy outdoing each other in the war of statements. President Asif Zardari, who heads the PPP, says he wants to protect the democratic system. The PML-N, meanwhile, is not so sure about its stance anymore. On the one hand, PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif keeps assuring the electorate that he does not want to destabilize this government but on the other hand, he has threatened to start another ‘long march’. In the situation in the country, which has achieved democracy after nine years of dictatorial rule, is it not a disservice to our democratic system to issue such threats at this point in time? There is clear cut horse trading in Punjab, which is vivid example of violation from Charter of Democracy. It seems that PML-N did not learn lesson from past mistakes and once again want to return at squared one. The restrain showed by PPP is laudable, that despite callous statements and violation of CoD it abstained to take offensive move against Pakistan Muslim League-N. Recommend

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