Strategising: PML-N ready to play its trump cards

Published: April 27, 2012
With calls for resignation rejected, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif comes up with 4 options for PPP. PHOTO: FILE

With calls for resignation rejected, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif comes up with 4 options for PPP. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The main opposition party held on to its position on convicted Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani with a new set of strategies, observers said. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz demanded an immediate resignation from Prime Minister Gilani after he was convicted of contempt of court in the NRO implementation case.

While talking to Express news channel, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif lashed out at the Pakistan Peoples Party over its failure to implement the Supreme Court’s directives and also announced that his party would not accept Gilani as the prime minister of Pakistan.

“The court verdict is based on truth and reality,” the PML-N chief said.

According to the sources, Nawaz has agreed upon some suggestions given by party members that will later be endorsed in a high-level meeting to be held in the coming days.

They added that the PPP-led coalition government, however, was not ready to negotiate with the PML-N on any proposals and would rather counter them legally.

Strategy 1 in first phase

Sources said that the PML-N chief has agreed on four options to be proposed to the government: Ask for the resignation of its premier; dissolve the assemblies; establish a care taker set up and announce the date for general elections.

Sources further said that Nawaz has been informed that all four proposals are not acceptable at any cost and the party would have to look into other options.

According to the sources, the PML-N will ask its parliamentary party in parliament to try and stop the proceeding of the house through protests. They said that party MNAs and Senators would be asked to criticise Prime Minister Gilani.

The second trump card that the PML-N plans to use is to create a constitutional deadlock between the provincial and federal governments by refusing to accept Gilani as the prime minister of the country and to stop official correspondence with the federal government.

Strategy 2

Sources further said that if the above suggestions are not honoured by the ruling coalition, the party would then initiate negotiations with the PPP on issues that it may easily agree upon.

According to them, the party will negotiate with the PPP on replacing Yousaf Raza Gilani with another prime minister from the PPP.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker in the Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan told The Express Tribune said that the Punjab Assembly might pass a resolution against the prime minister; however, he added that a final decision has to be taken in PML-N’s upcoming high-level meeting.

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

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Imran
    Apr 27, 2012 - 5:58AM

    Just Noora Kushti…. vote for IK


  • Blithe
    Apr 27, 2012 - 6:27AM

    All of the above.

    Punjab government should refuse to
    interact with this convict.

    PML N should agitate in parliament
    over a convicted PM not resigning.


  • Ehtesham Qamar
    Apr 27, 2012 - 6:31AM

    I don’t think PMLN has the guts to do anything. Yes, there will be a lot of aggressive posturing, jumping, thumping and dancing. Finally the dust will settle down in the name of saving democracy and of course in the better interest of the nation. Keep watching this noora kushti. The circus must go on as this status quo suits both parties.


  • Saleem
    Apr 27, 2012 - 6:51AM

    As usual, Nawaz Sharif is clueless and don’t know how to react. He can never come up with a strategy that could really threaten PPP, or its master strategist, Asif Ali Zardari.


  • Apr 27, 2012 - 7:05AM

    Simplest solution: Resign from assemblies if you sincerely want to OPPOSE Gilani. Otherwise all other eye-wash actions will just amount to Noora-Kushti.


  • Ahmad
    Apr 27, 2012 - 8:39AM

    PMLN is the real opposition while IK is only a master in summursaults.
    Why don’t he go into the streets right now as he promised earlier over PM convictions.
    Their is certainly a Samjhoota Express going on betewen PPP & PTI, both didn’t oppose each other compares to their opposition to PMLNs.

    Its easy to make fool of youth but not matures.


  • Ali
    Apr 27, 2012 - 9:20AM

    NS gave statement just to fulfill formality otherwise his commitment and sincerity is an open secret.


  • Mirza
    Apr 27, 2012 - 9:42AM

    Well well well. Is PML-N going to show the other provinces not to cooperate with the federal govt? Great, they are setting up an example for the PPP and MQM not to cooperate with the federation and stop paying all taxes and duties. A great recipe from a great leader Nawaz Sharif for the dismemberment of the country!


  • Ali
    Apr 27, 2012 - 9:53AM

    The judiciary is biased.


  • Kaleem
    Apr 27, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Its sad to see that IK sometimes uses indecent words against political opponents and they are followed religiously by young supporters. (Although my vote will be for IK if he stops inducing any further ill moral politicians in his party)


  • atif mehmood
    Apr 27, 2012 - 10:27AM

    ik favours seems that pti favours pti.


  • Hasan Ahmad
    Apr 27, 2012 - 11:01AM

    Samjohota express must be derailed by general public. Its time for IK to go ahead with his proposed plans.


  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    Apr 27, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Only PTI can restore the Image of destroyed Pakistan, all other are well tested more then 3 time.


  • Ch Iftikhar
    Apr 27, 2012 - 11:16AM

    What a trump card?? To make noise in the assembly!!!! What a clueless and directionless and friendly “opposition” we have in NA!!!


  • pk: the crappiest country
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:00PM

    that’s like a “rug-merchant” who tells his customer in advance “i’ll quote the price of Rs.10,000/= for the carpet but if you don’t agree, I’ll quote the price of Rs.100/=”


  • Asifa Khan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 3:02PM

    PML-N is playing its cards very wisely and carefully. Many politicians all over the coutry are joining PML-N. I hope that PML-N will win the next elections.


  • Adnan Khawaja
    Apr 27, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif and PML-N.


  • Dr Waqas
    Apr 27, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Was’nt ch nisar saying we will not allow gillani to enter the assembly.I wonder where pmln was when gillani was addressing the assembly today.Oh i remember they were not present at that time


  • Abid Khan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 6:08PM

    PMLn has lost moral support after joining hands with Zardari and Gilani.Zardari, Nawaz and Co are all same. They don’t care about public. All they care is their money in the country and abroad.


  • Hamza Mir
    Apr 27, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Pml N Zindabad, I hope that next Govt will be of Nawaz Sharif


  • Aden
    Apr 27, 2012 - 9:17PM

    I really hate it when youngsters with no knowledge of politics start yapping noora kushti over the slight mention of PPP and PML-N. Where is PTI with all its promises of civil disobedience and declaring assets of everyone. Politics is not about a fight between two college going teenagers, who promise to never see each other until they finally get mature. Even Imran Khan knows this, no wonder he never comes good on harsh words. Its good that the youth have developed interest in politics because of IK, but please do some study, read up some theory and profiles of each political party and then discuss things like educated people.


  • hamza khan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 9:39PM

    the worst, stupidest politician and political party, representing the ethnic populist interests of just one people. the PML-N will never be successful inshallah. Recommend

  • Majid
    Apr 28, 2012 - 1:07PM

    PTI supported PPP in multan by election against PMLN. now decide who is against PPP……


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