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.