Govt could be ousted if PML-Q quits the coalition, says Sharif

Published: October 6, 2011
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PML-N says further term in power for PPP could be disastrous for Pakistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PML-N says further term in power for PPP could be disastrous for Pakistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Nawaz Sharif’s rhetoric seems to grow more confident by the day. The PML-N president said on Wednesday that the present government could be ousted from power if its coalition with the PML-Q breaks down – through the peaceful means of constitutional change in parliament.

Sharif expressed his views during a sitting of the Council of National Affairs, a Lahore-based think tank, in Jaati Umra, Raiwind.

Sharif’s confidence is justified, if some people are to be believed. Sources in the PML-N told The Express Tribune that a second tier of PML-Q leaders has given assurances the party will join the PML-N. Apparently, the PML-N has applied pressure on the PML-Q to withdraw support for the government, which is paying off. The sources also said that the PML-N, with the support of the PML-Q, will bring a no-confidence motion against the incumbent government.

Sharif himself confirmed there had been some contact with the PML-Q, but quashed rumours he had recently met PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. He said that the last time the two met was at the All Parties Conference (APC).

Sharif heaped further criticism on the government with a litany of complaints. He said that the mistakes made by former president General Pervez Musharraf in the war on terrorism have continued under the present government. In contrast, he stated, the PML-N is ready to help extricate Pakistan from this situation.

Referring to the APC, Nawaz called on the government to implement resolutions; a failure to do so would render the exercise futile. He also said that PML-N’s protest over energy crisis would spread across the country.

Sharif questioned the integrity of President Zardari, stating that after the February 2008 elections, the PML-N started a political journey of cooperation with sincerity, only for President Zardari to violate the Bhurban agreement of March 2008 and the Islamabad agreement of August in the same year, creating mistrust between the two parties. Nawaz also criticised the government’s approach towards the judiciary.

Asked about his links with religious extremists, Nawaz said “I’m neither secular nor extremist, but a moderate.” He also said he is not influenced by any particular group or organization with regard to relations with India, but he did want a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue. In an apparent dig at Musharraf, Sharif added that the adventurism of Kargil had sabotaged this process.

Regarding Imran Khan, Nawaz admitted that the former cricketer’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party would harm the PML-N’s vote bank in Punjab, thus indirectly benefiting the PPP. Although he also rebuked Khan for making unfavourable remarks about other party leaders in public, Nawaz did mention that the Punjab government has given a piece of land to Shaukat Khanam Hospital and  provided Rs50 million to assist with construction.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Mirza
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:29AM

    PML-N and PML-Q are the two branches of the same rightwing party. Their differences are personal rather than ideological and not on principles. They do deserve each other and that is the only chance for them to get into power. Both of these parties are only in Punjab and cannot get a national status in the other four provinces. Thus they would remain regional minority parties in the senate. PML-Q could not get PPP to release Monis Elahi, now it is the turn of Sharif who is the sunny boy of SC CJ. These two parties have no chance at all in the elections and they would have to make an alliance even with the devil in order to win.

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  • kamran
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Imran khan said PML-N is friedly opposition party but who is friendly who breaking the the opposition party vote and strengthen the PPP position in upcoming election if ppp come in punjab too through imran khan politics then there will be huge damage

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  • John B
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Last week I mentioned similar announcements are coming and here it is.

    Sharif is making his way through for the next election, but this time he needs right wing parties coalition. He is not going to do any better than PPP but then who in PAK cares.

    If he tries to topple the government it will be a bad political move, not good for PAK either and I am sure he is not going to do it.

    Cannot wait for the election drama.

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  • Taz
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:55AM

    @ Kamran, dont worry, both PPP and PML N will be ousted because 45% of votes in the last election were fake, and thanks to GOD and Imran Khan, a new voting list is being prepared..so watch out in the next election, it will not be a walk in the park for both PPP and PML N in PUNJAB as hopefully Imran will spring major surprises

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 2:01PM

    ……………………..Nawaz did mention that the Punjab government has given a piece of land to Shaukat Khanam Hospital and provided Rs50 million to assist with construction…………………

    Did he give from his own pocket…….. or …………….. tax payers’ money ?
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  • kamran
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:35PM

    @Taz:
    Brother why imran khan start parpoganda only to PML-N in pujab why did not he go karachi and start parapoganda against MQM or in Peshawer against ANP its only in punjab where no majority of PPP and suppose 40 seat for ppp 35 seat fot PML-N 15 seat for imran khan out of 100 and out of 40 seat of ppp 10 MQM 10 PML-Q 20 PPP AND 10 seat of MQM IS Enough for start of power gaining game in PunjabRecommend

  • Miqs
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:14PM

    Imran Is The Change That Can Save Pakistan

    Jiye Imran KhanRecommend

  • Zohaib
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:37AM

    Dear people,
    We all know PPP and PML-N are a bunch of hypocrites and corrupt people… we have tested them time and again… Imran Khan is honest and sincere at least and has the caliber to deliver. No matter how much you disagree with his past, you cannot point a finger for his love for the poor of the nation…
    So reject PML-N, PPP, PML-Q, JUI-F and ANP, VOTE FOR PTI, IMRAN KHANRecommend

  • kamran
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:11AM

    @Khalid Masood:
    did imran khan build the hospital from his own money?its the duty of good governance government to support every private project which help the people and punjab governemnt at that time help imran khan.

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  • kamran
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:12AM

    @Miqs:
    Brother be realistic he cannot manage its own party how he manage the country

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