Tribune Take: PPP drawing democratic forces to its defence

Irfan Ghauri, Senior Reporter for Express Tribune says the PPP is biding its time, focusing on the Senate elections.

Mahawish Rezvi January 13, 2012

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we look at Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's declaration that he does not need a vote of confidence from the parliament as he had been unanimously elected.

Irfan Ghauri, Senior Reporter The Express Tribune Islamabad, says the opposition is trying to organise itself against the government, while the PPP is trying to draw democratic forces to its defence against the threat of the military establishment and a coup.

He says that today's meeting at the Punjab house led by Pakistan Muslim League chief Nawaz Sharif was a meeting of all the opposition parties - an event that hadn't happened in a long time. He notes that  even thought the opposition would like the current PPP government to fall, it would not support an unconstitutional move to do so. This very fact is what the PPP is holding onto and playing on.

Ghauri says the PPP is biding its time and concentrating on the upcoming Senate elections, after which they will likely announce a schedule for general elections as well.

Read Irfan Ghauri’s articles here.

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Attif Abbas | 9 years ago | Reply

Lets analyse these democratic forces

MQM Partener of Mushraf PML-Q Partener and candidate of PM during musharaf PPP A democratic party who voted for Mushraf presidency to get the deals for Zardari and NRO and peggy back his govt and made deal with him to escape to UK

Lets hope media and politial statements has power to erase memories of Pakistanis

Sajida | 9 years ago | Reply

Irfan Ghauri's term "democratic forces" is a misidentification and biased use of the term. The Opposition is also constituted of "democratic forces" not just PPP and its allies. In fact PPP's behavior reveals it is undermining democracy with its own conduct. People will stop reading your paper if this bias is applied. Do not demean yourself. Readers shouldn't have to tell you this. You should know this yourself.

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