Tribune Take: PPP drawing democratic forces to its defence

Published: 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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Reader Comments (6)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 13, 2012 - 11:06PM

    PPP defence is struck off by the people of Pakistan.

    People gave another chance to PPP but during the last four years PPP failed to deliver. Even if PPP is given more time to complete its tenure, what is is going to deliver when it can’t deliver in four years time.

    It is time either to hold fresh elections or change of government.


  • Jan 13, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Gilani Sahib Now stop this, you have been recognised and get caught by the people of Pakistan, you keep on changing stances after every 18 hours. You have set a unique example, are you Prime Minister?Recommend

  • Amjad
    Jan 14, 2012 - 1:46AM

    As per rule of the game It should be given its right to complete its term. Change should only come through parliament.


  • Democratic
    Jan 14, 2012 - 3:58AM

    I Say ppp should go ahead & complete its allocated tenure of 5 years & make history.
    PPP is the only secular party in Pakistan opposite to Mulah-Military-Judicial establishment & its brainchild aka Imran kahn & nawaz sharif.
    So that no one could dreail the already weaken democracy by the hitches of military & mullahs.


  • Sajida
    Jan 14, 2012 - 6:25AM

    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.


  • Attif Abbas
    Jan 16, 2012 - 8:46PM

    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


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