ISLAMABAD - Leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held talks on Thursday for a new accountability law but PML-N later said it was no more interested in talks on any issue with the PPP.Though both the parties during the single-agenda parlays agreed to continue negotiations and the ruling party assured to seriously consider and address reservations of the opposition. But hours after the meeting some senior PML-N leaders said the PPP was just playing gimmicks and was not serious about any issue.Ch Nisar and Ahsan Iqbal accused the PPP of trying to deceive the people as well as the PML-N, saying that Zardari and his corrupt team were in fact conspiring to prolong their rule by postponing the elections.The proposed accountability bill is pending for the last three and a half years due to certain reservations of the PML-N. And Law Minister Farooq Naek said that the new law after its passage will not be applicable to corruption cases pertaining to the past.Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, PML-N deputy secretary general Ahsan Iqbal said that they wanted that the accountability institutions should be self-governing for the sake of neutrality, but he alleged that PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari was not sincere in this cause.He said that the PPP-led coalition has destroyed the economy through corruption and bad governance. Ahsan said that the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Awami National Party (ANP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) all were involved in corruption and crimes.Iqbal questioned the government’s idea to hold local elections before the general elections. He said that all these were the tactics General Pervez Musharraf employed to keep in power, adding that the PPP was aiming at postponing general elections till 2014. He said that he wants to make the people aware of the government’s intentions. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take notice of the government’s objectives, he added.On the other hand, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said: “The gimmickry in the form of new recommendations from the PPP on the Accountability Bill is not acceptable.” Talking to the media outside the Parliament House, he also ruled out the possibility of any kind of negotiations with the PPP on the caretaker government setup saying that consultation on this issue “was neither a constitutional nor political requirement”. The PML-N and PPP did have a meeting on Tuesday but no consultations were held, he added.Calling Asif Zardari and consultations as two opposites, Nisar said the purpose of the government’s accountability bill was to facilitate corrupt practices. “Zardari is currently holding meetings to secure a second term in power,” he claimed, adding at the same time that N-League will decide its future course in connection with having its next meeting with PPP.He clarified that he had leveled no allegations against the media. “On the contrary, I am fighting for professional journalists,” he claimed. However, he said some journalists were being brought forward and one channel was gaining a particular focus whose evidence exists.Earlier, in the talks held at the Punjab House on accountability bill issue, the PPP delegation included federal ministers Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar and Farooq Naek while the PML-N side was represented by Leader of the Opposition in Senate Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif and Senator Pervez Rashid.The law minister gave a detailed briefing on the accountability bill while the PML-N once again expressed its reservations during the two-hour parlays and insisted on four demands.Talking to the media after the meeting, PML-N leader Ishaq Dar said they only discussed the proposed accountability bill. He said that no discussions were held on the government-backed commission on creating new provinces in the Punjab, adding that it was beyond their mandate as the PPP team came Thursday with a single-point agenda.Dar said that the PPP leaders have provided them a copy of the amended law. The PML-N, he said, will review the document and then propose amendments, if any.“It is a lengthy 200-page document which cannot be read in two hours. We will review it first and then we will decide whether this can be passed unanimously before the end of present government tenure,” Dar said.Ishaq Dar said they would discuss the draft with the party leadership, their Central Executive Committee and the members associated with the preparation of the draft bill. He said the PPP delegation told them that they would also discuss the draft with other political parties. He said there was unanimity of views between the two parties that the existing accountability law needs to be replaced as there was consensus in Charter of Democracy to replace the “black law of Musharraf”.PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah said that the government wants to bring new accountability law with consensus. He said earlier they held dialogue with the PML-N on 18th, 19th and 20th amendments and passed them with consensus. He said the PPP wants that all the important legislation in the parliament is done with consensus. He said if there would be a need, they would also discuss holding of general elections with the PML-N.Farooq H Naek said his ministry has proposed a comprehensive accountability bill. He said instead of making one person powerful, there is need to make the institution of accountability strong and powerful. He said during the legislation it would be their endeavour that no lacuna is left unaddressed and so that the future governments should not use it for political victimisation. To a question, he said continuation of dialogue between political parties was a good omen.However, no definite timeline was agreed for future talks on the issue of accountability bill and some PML-N sources even said that the opposition party would not hold anymore parlays on the issue because they think the PPP move to evolve parliamentary consensus on the accountability bill was another of their trick to befool the people.“There will not be any more talks with PPP”, a senior PML-N leader told The Nation. However, he said the matter would be finally decided by the party chief Nawaz Sharif.