Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in his written correspondence with the Prime Minister termed the appointment of Deedar Shah for the post of Chairman NAB as inappropriate. Nisar terms Deedar’s appointment ‘inappropriate’. Responding to a question, Khan said all options — including in-house change, change of leadership (Leader of the House), midterm elections and impeachment of the president were open.(Aamir Mughal’s excellent research on this issue.)
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Wednesday threatened the government to launch a countrywide movement and hold a long march to press for mid-term elections if it fails to devise a strategy to stop drone attacks inside Pakistani territory and NATO operations on the country’s soil.
“Enough is enough. We will launch a movement and hold a long march to demand mid-term elections if the present grave situation with regards to the threat to the country’s sovereignty continues,” PML-N parliamentarian Khawaja Saad Rafique said while taking part in a debate on an adjournment motion regarding operation by NATO forces inside Pakistan.
The newly design All Pakistan Muslim League, other rightwing parties and Muttahida can form an alliance in the future. Mian Nawaz Sharif and his party could also be part of this political alliance at a later stage, Pir Pagara has said, he himself would contact the PML-N Quaid at some [appropriate time], there are reports that his son Sadruddin’s meeting with Mian Nawaz Sharif. while it seems MNS is already preparing for the next elections sooner then later. PML-N’s central leader Siddiqul Farooq said one of the pre-requisite for PML-N’s joining the alliance of factions was that all factions should, after consensus with their central executive committees, unconditionally approve and accept the status of Nawaz Sharif as the supreme head of the newly-formed unity of factions. The PML boss[still living in 90’s] has conditioned revival of the alliance to mid term poll, he is not favouring in house change. But he kept assuring alliance members that he would join them.
During the Punjab Assembly session on Monday, Senior Minister Raja Riaz has rightly pointed out that establishment, some people [including PML-n chief]conspiring against president, but they will eventually fail. The great irony of the Pakistani history is that the military has directly ruled Pakistan for more than half of the 63 years it has been an independent nation and it has always had willing partners; political and religious parties alike Pakistan Muslim Leaque in civilian garb to aid them in undercutting democracy.
Wahab fires salvo against PML-N
KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) central information secretary Fauzia Wahab accused Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of playing into the hands of non-democratic forces and secretly holding meetings with generals.
Addressing a press conference at the PPP’s media cell, Wahab said that Chaudhry Nisar is trying to make the appointment of the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) chairman controversial. The PPP has not yet decided about the PML-N charge sheet against former president Pervez Musharraf, she added.
For the first time in the history of the country members of the government have to appear in courts and arrange bails while members of the opposition are not only living their lives freely but are also organising gatherings and criticising the government openly, Wahab said. In addition, they are availing state facilities.
Wahab said the there have been no political prisoners or victimisation in the two-and-a-half years of the PPP’s government and its reconciliation policy.
She said that the NAB chairman is responsible for reopening more than 20 cases against the PML-N leaders that were deferred due to their absence from the country. She said these included cases of default of more than one billion rupees, corruption of Rs6.1 billion, Raiwind estate, Hudaibia Paper Mills case and countless cases of tax dodging.
Accusing the media of exaggerating issues, she said that the media are making a fuss about October 13 but many more Octobers will come and that the PPP government does not care about such things.
She also announced a complete boycott of the Jang media group, saying that no PPP minister or office bearer will participate in any of the Jang group’s programmes and nor will any party communiqués will be issued to them. She said that this decision was made by the PPP’s central committee.