Strings attached: PML-N offers ‘conditional’ support to Zardari

Published: January 27, 2012
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Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah says president should establish neutral caretaker government. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah says president should establish neutral caretaker government. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

LAHORE: In a sudden U-turn from its vehement opposition of President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has now agreed to offer ‘conditional’ support to him.

“If President Zardari establishes a neutral caretaker set-up for fair and transparent general elections, the PML-N will not object to his presidency,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters on Thursday outside the Punjab Assembly. “The entire nation is aware of Zardari’s corruption but despite that, the PML-N will cooperate with him in the general elections.”

Ironically, Sanaullah said that in the past four years, the prime minister had gone back on his stance ‘400 times’ while the PML-N had not done so.

“Elections must be held under an upright and neutral caretaker set-up. President Zardari’s office will be unable to influence the results if there is an impartial interim set-up and an independent election commission,” Sanaullah said.

Talking about the case of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s former media adviser Mian Khurram Rasool, whose arrest has been ordered by the Supreme Court, Sanaullah said that if Rasool is captured, Gilani will automatically be implicated in the scam.

‘Khosa deserves honorary shield’

The PPP leader Raja Riaz, who is the opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, has said that Punjab Commerce and Industry Minister Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa should be given an honorary shield for his statement against Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Khosa had said that the government must appoint a proper health minister in the province. The portfolio is currently held by the chief minister himself.

“The chief minister should appear before the house and explain the reasons for the Punjab Institute of Cardiology fiasco,” Riaz told reporters outside the assembly. “Shahbaz should honour parliamentary norms and attend sessions.”

However, Khosa has said that his statement was distorted.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Speaker
    Jan 26, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Hidden truth disclosed.

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  • ullo
    Jan 26, 2012 - 5:36PM

    IK is spot on in saying that PML-N and PPP will support each other…!!

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  • Jan 26, 2012 - 5:37PM

    IMRAN KHAN has been saying for months now that “PMLN & PPP will Unite in the Elections”

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  • Nadeem
    Jan 26, 2012 - 5:55PM

    What happened to the “Go Zardari Go” campaign?

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  • Wasif
    Jan 26, 2012 - 6:28PM

    why people are trying to mis-quote rana sanaullah.
    he said,


    “If President Asif Ali Zardari establishes a neutral caretaker set-up for fair and transparent general elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will not object to his presidency,”

    please at least have some justice, PTI supporters.

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  • logic europe
    Jan 26, 2012 - 6:39PM

    poltical corruption by PMLN

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  • Mehran
    Jan 26, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:

    What is wrong in it if PMLN and PPP does their alliance? PTI talks about revolution and change but look what are they doing.. They are very soft and friendly with their die-hard ex-opponent MQM, even IK was banned to enter Karachi but PTI is ready to launch an alliance with them and what about accepting a complete platoon of PMLQ turncoats and Mushraf’s friends??

    Where is PTI Revolution? Wake up, you people are fooled with pseudo slogan “Change”.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 26, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Nawaz will be no where , The main fight will be in between PPP and PTI . Then why Mian is worried about . The govt. is still strong and it will complete is tenure ,there after to ensure a free and fare election the interim may come in to existence . Gilani is there to make a history .

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  • Kashif Iqbal
    Jan 26, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Express Tribune are you guys deliberately misquoting Rana’s statement. I find it a biased news.
    PTI supporters relax and tell me what’s wrong with this statement?
    President Asif Ali Zardari establishes a neutral caretaker set-up for fair and transparent general elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will not object to his presidency
    Everyone wants early elections except Imran Khan; that clearly shows he’s following King’s agenda.Recommend

  • love Pak
    Jan 26, 2012 - 9:24PM

    wish these ministers can spend more time in the field instead sitting before camera all the time. God knows when do they work. I notice most of them are always glued to their cell phones to wait calls or their houses to welcome crew personnel who come for their live TV interviews. Even if champions of democracy can spend 50% of their time in doing work in the field people can be benefited.

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  • kashif
    Jan 26, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Hypocracy at its best.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Much expected from N….

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  • ihtisham
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:34AM

    ” You can make some of the people fool all the times, but you cannot make all the people fools all the time” Everybody knows PML(n) real face.

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  • Z
    Jan 27, 2012 - 2:44AM

    @Kashif Iqbal: Either you’re completely misinformed, or you mistyped. Imran Khan is the only one calling for early elections, and rightly so.

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  • Lone Star
    Jan 27, 2012 - 3:11AM

    “Chips of the same block”
    May look salt, but is rock.
    Cheers!

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  • asif
    Jan 27, 2012 - 4:01AM

    By “neutral” he means that it clears the way for PML-N to form goverment by overlooking rigged elections.

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  • toor
    Jan 27, 2012 - 4:39AM

    we know this was coming! they r one….

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