In a joint statement of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari they have come together to form a coalition govt and have promised to reinstate all deposed judges within 30 days of Parliament. Aitzaz Ahsan welcomes this new development and states that countdown will begin.
In all honesty this could be the ‘face-saving’ excuse that Nawaz Sharif needs to enter into the coalition to form the government, as in the past few days it had slowly appeared that Zardari was least interested in any discussion leading to the restoration of judiciary, it simply did not benefit him and his party to even talk about the judiciary. This new joint statement allows Nawaz Sharif some breathing room for another month but the focus will then be squarely on the ‘duo’ to fulfill this promise to the people of Pakistan. I personally celebrate this news but raise a concern that it could only be delaying tactics an attempt to diffuse the issue the restoration of judiciary into irrelevance.
As reported in Dawn
Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s two major opposition leaders, signed a formal declaration Sunday on forming a coalition government, and urged President Pervez Musharraf to convene parliament without delay. Asif Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, and Nawaz Sharif, the chief of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), signed the agreement at a news conference at this picturesque hill resort after a fresh round of coalition talks earlier in the day at the adjoining hill station of Murree. “The coalition partners PPP and PML-N undertake to form coalition partnership together for a democratic Pakistan for translating the mandate given by the people of Pakistan to the democratic forces through the February 18, 2008 elections,” Sharif said reading out from the joint declaration. “The leadership was of the firm opinion that the coalition partners are ready to form the governments, and the national and provincial assemblies should be convened immediately,” Sharif continued. TV channels telecast live the press conference at which the joint declaration was read out. Its main provisions are that the PPP would name the prime minister and also the speaker and the deputy speaker of the national assembly, with PML-N having its share in the federal cabinet.. In the populous Punjab province, the PML-N would name the chief minister as well as the speaker and the deputy speaker while the PPP will have its share in the provincial cabinet. The joint declaration pledged that the two coalition partners would ensure the restoration of the superior court judges within a period of 30 days of the functioning of the new government through a parliamentary process.