LAHORE: Punjab Governor, Sardar Latif Khosa on Monday signed the summary sent to him by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the ouster of seven Pakistan Peoples Party provincial ministers.
Sharif had sent the summary under Article 132 of the Constitution, according to which the Chief Minister can ask for the removal of ministers from the provincial cabinet.
The summary also advises the removal of 13 PPP parliamentary secretaries.
The PPP ministers include: former irrigation minister Raja Riaz Ahmad, former labour and human rights minister Ashraf Sohna, former finance and youth affairs minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, former population welfare minister Neelam Jabbar Chaudhry, former revenue minister Haji Muhammad Ishaq and Farook Yousaf Ghurki.
Unification bloc alleges PPP horse-trading
The unification bloc on Monday released a mobile conversation allegedly between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Minister of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Neelam Jabbar and unification block MPA Arshad Jutt.
In the conversation, Jabbar asks Jutt for the Unification Bloc’s support for the PPP in Punjab.
The incident reportedly took place during the imposition of governor’s rule in the province.
The unification bloc addressed the media before unveiling the mobile conversation.
The bloc’s head, Tahir Ali Javed, said that the PPP was trying its best to buy loyalties from the bloc to form its government in Punjab.
He said that the mobile conversation was ‘just a trailer of a whole movie’ and that more evidence on the PPP’s horse-trading efforts would be made public if any false accusations were levelled against the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N).
He added that a resolution for unconditional support to Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N leadership has been passed: “If there is one leader in Pakistan, then that would be Mian Nawaz Sharif and we have expressed our unconditional support for his leadership. A resolution on this matter was read out today and has been unanimously passed by all allies.”
Zardari holds meeting in Karachi
Chairing a meeting at Bilawal House in Karachi with Punjab governor Latif Khosa and Interior Minister Rehman Malik in attendance, President Asif Ali Zardari said that he does not believe in the politics of horse-trading.
The president called the meeting to discuss the political situation in Punjab. He said the PPP would continue to play a democratic role in the province and asked PPP leaders to respond to the sitaution democratically.
The president said that regardless of the present situation the mission of Benazir Bhutto and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto would continue.
He also directed the Federal Government to hold a dialogue with petroleum dealers to resolve the issue of the suspension of fuel supply in Karachi and directed Rehman Malik to provide security to traders in the city.
Ready for another long march: Nawaz
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on Monday said he is ready to lead another long march along with the youth of the country, if circumstances require him to do so.
Addressing party workers and leaders at his Model Town residence, Sharif added that corruption worth billions of rupees was taking place every year.
He regretted that instead of depending on indigenous resources, the government was relying on foreign aid.
The PML-N chief also accused President Asif Ali Zardari suggesting to provide constitutional cover to the unconstitutional actions of Former President Pervez Musharraf.
PML-N promoting horse-trading: Riaz
On the other front, senior minister Raja Riaz said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ministers will not resign from the Punjab Cabinet, following directions of the party leadership.
Addressing the media in Lahore, Riaz said the PPP has directed its ministers to stick to the party’s policy of reconciliatory politics.
He alleged that the PML-N is promoting horse-trading in Punjab and assured that his party will not destabilise the PML-N government in Punjab.