LAHORE – PML-N Senator Tariq Azeem say the Pakistan his party will not accept unilateral decision of the government to form interim governments in Sindh and Balochistan.
To a question about Chaudhry Nisar’s statement that the PML-N holds the key to dissolution of assemblies, Azeem said: “It implies give and take. If governments in Sindh and Balochistanare setup following the mutually agreed principles, Punjab Assembly will also be dissolved simultaneously to pave the way for holding national and the provincial assembly electionson the same day.”
To a question that the PML-N already agreed holding election of both houses on the same day, Azeem said:“It will also benefit the PPP and to make it sure, the government must follow due process of consultation with the opposition on the appointment of caretaker CMs. So that all assemblies get dissolved simultaneously otherwise there will be a difficult situation for the PPP.
He suspected that the government might declare a state of emergency under the pretext of unrest in Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and postpone elections for a year.
However, he said the people wanted to get rid of the corrupt rulers at the earliest. “They will not tolerate any bid to dawdling polls and the PML-N will stand by them.”
He said: “The PPP government is unmoved on declaring election schedule and entering talks for the caretaker setup. Given the trackrecord of Zardaridoubts were surfacing that the government may delay elections. On the other hand, the pressure is mounting on our economy after IMF and ADB have declined to provide a bail out when the country has to make $2 billion payments. So it is better if the process for polls is initiated immediately.”
To a question on Tahirul Qadri’s long march, Azeem said that Qadri had set a negative trend for other parties, particularly for religiousones.
He smelled a rat behind the move of Qadri,saying most probably an alien hand was behind it. He said that Qadri spent Rs700million on advertisement, calling for a probe into the source of money brought to ‘stage a drama’.
He said the PML-N became a threat to the PPP and its allies following its victory in the by-elections.“The main purpose of Qadri’sdrama appears targeting the PML-N at the behest of government.”
The senator overruled the possibility of army intervention,saying that the army is neutral and impartial.
On formation of alliance of opposition parties, he said that a good headway was made after PML-N President Nawaz Sharif got them together. “Opposition parties can agree on seatadjustment.”
He said the meeting between PML-F chief Pir Pagara and Nawaz Sharif was a move forwards for the unification of Muslim Leagues.The senator was unhopeful about alliance with the PML-Q but said that it would be reduced to nothing when the majority of its members join the PML-N.