PPP rejects possibility of mid-term polls in Pak

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has decided to parts ways with PPP in Punjab.

Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 10:56 AM IST

Islamabad: The ruling Pakistan People`s Party on Friday rejected the possibility of mid-term elections in the country in the wake of the PML-N`s decision to sever its alliance with it in the politically crucial province of Punjab.

Hours after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif announced that his party`s decision to end its coalition with the PPP in Punjab, PPP leaders asserted that their government at the centre would complete its five-year term and continue working for national reconciliation.

Senior PPP leader Raza Rabbani, also the Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister, told a news conference, "There will be no political chaos or mid-term elections in the country. We shall promote politics of dialogue and reconciliation as our country is in need of positive politics in face of internal and external situation."

The PPP will continue to work with all political parties on key issues confronting the country, he said.

Sharif announced the move to part ways with the PPP after the expiry of the deadline set by the PML-N for the federal government to implement a 10-point reforms agenda.

He accused the PPP and its chief, President Asif Ali Zardari, of reneging on several promises.

The PML-N chief said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would dissolve his cabinet, which has seven ministers from the PPP, and form a new one.

However, Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman for Zardari, said the PPP ministers in Punjab will not resign on their own. Responding to Sharif`s announcement, Babar said the PPP will wait for the PML-N to "actualize its announced decision to part ways with the PPP" in Punjab.

"The PPP believes in pursuing reconciliatory politics and its leadership has decided to give an appropriate political response only after the PML-N has actually parted ways with the PPP in the Punjab government," Babar said.

PPP leader Raza Rabbani rejected Sharif`s comment that the federal government had not implemented the 10- point reforms agenda.

All 10 points were part of the PPP`s manifesto but the PML-N is trying to claim credit for this, he said.

The PPP had not hiked fuel prices and downsized the federal cabinet in keeping with the PML-N`s demand, he said.

He said the internal and external situation of Pakistan demands that political parties should come forward with a collective line of action instead of discussing party agenda and differences on an individual level.