Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Shah said on Saturday that the name of a caretaker prime minister will be finalised within a week.
Addressing at a ceremony after laying the foundation stone of a new campus of the Sindh Institute of Urology Transplant (SIUT), Shah said the “people’s court” (general elections) will be held in May and, at that time, nobody would question their judgement.
“We are ready to accept any constitutional demands regarding the caretaker set-up,” he said, However, he added that if governors were removed, then the president should also follow suit as there was no such provision in the Constitution.
Shah predicted that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would bag 10%-15% more seats in the upcoming general elections than the 2008 polls. In response to a question about the PPP lawmakers who joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Friday, he said they were actually removed from the party more than five months ago for violating party discipline during the Senate elections.
“Nobody will be allowed to repeat the politics of the 1990s,” he said, stating that it is not necessary for the government’s coalition partners to contest elections jointly.
To this, he added that there was a vast difference between the viewpoints of the PPP and the Muttahida Quami Movement. Addressing the controversy of the Lyari gang war cases, he said it was not the first time that cases have been withdrawn.
Speaking about the Balochistan situation, he said his party was not ready to compromise on law and order in the province. He hoped the situation would improve before the elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2013.
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