Political manoeuvrings: PML-N to pressurise PPP to hold early polls

Published: March 16, 2012
Opposition to launch fresh mass movement after final voters’ list is completed.

Opposition to launch fresh mass movement after final voters’ list is completed.


In a bid to coerce the incumbent government to hold early elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to start a new movement immediately after completion of the final voter list.

PML-N Central Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan said that the new political move against Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) incumbent coalition government will not be launched until the final voter  list was completed — for now the PML-N would focus on ongoing issues,. including the energy crisis and non-implementation of the judiciary’s verdicts.

Khan said: “Apparently it seems that the government is going to hold the general election in 2013 after the end of its five-year tenure but the PML-N will keep on its pressure to hold early elections so that the new government with a new mandate can make a fresh start and solve Pakistan’s prevailing problems.”  PML-N President Nawaz Sharif will preside over the new move of the opposition and will hold public rallies across the country in a bid to “charge the public”.

However, when questioned regarding employing tactics including marches and protests to destabilise the government, the PML-N central information secretary told The Express Tribune that his party did not believe in, nor would it ever resort to, taking “unceremonious” steps against the PPP-led coalition.

“We strongly believe that every government should complete their time period,” he stated, despite his party’s country-wide “Go Zardari Go” campaign which was started in October last year.

The PML-N has started the movement just to bring the PPP on the negotiation table over issues such as an independent Election Commission, the Accountability Bill, formation of the new provinces, caretaker set-up and senate elections.

However, sources in the party added that the PML-N and PPP have agreed on many issues through dialogue and even passed the 20th Amendment with consensus.

PML-N in Sindh

“The PML-N will get a visible majority in Sindh and party’s alliance with other political parities in Karachi against MQM is also possible,” claimed Khan.

He said that there exists a significantly large vote bank in Karachi for the PML-N from amongst those who are non-Urdu speaking, and hoped that his party would win seats in Karachi and Hyderabad as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Mirza
    Mar 16, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Everybody cannot wait for their pound of flesh. PML-N knows that with the passage of time its real face would come out in the open as various courts are finally hearing cases against them. They think that they are at the top of their popularity and after this it is only going to be downhill.


  • Torrent
    Mar 16, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Trying to avoid Tsunami’s 2nd wave.


  • Ali q
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:10PM

    Oh man, this drama really does not have an aakhri kist.


  • Concerned
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:29PM

    If and only if courts don’t have the courage to decide on the cases against them. These morons must be trialed and be sent to jail. Public money should be brought back. Its time to punish those who have wasted 64 years of this nation. Revenge is imminent.


  • umair
    Mar 16, 2012 - 1:27PM

    wrong caption for the picture
    it should be “coalition partners launch fresh mass movement after final voters’ list is completed”


  • Mar 16, 2012 - 1:58PM

    No they are not gonna demand, they want the elections after 2012 which will benefit them more


  • A Khan
    Mar 16, 2012 - 3:34PM

    PML-N behaves lika a confused old lady rather than a political party. Twists & turns is the name of game.
    Hope it works, how helpless they are without the devine guidance…..khakis.


  • Naeem
    Mar 16, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Why people vote for these ? That is really beyond any comprehension! Time hit (vote) these out of the park!Recommend

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