Sharif prepared for conditional support to PPP-led govt
Last Updated: Friday, December 17, 2010, 00:58
Lahore: Main opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif Thursday said his party would be prepared to support the Pakistan People's Party-led government if President Asif Ali Zardari implemented the Charter of Democracy finalised by the two parties in 2006.

"All is not lost and the fate of the people of Pakistan can still be ameliorated.

We are ready to support the ruling PPP if President Zardari implements the CoD," former premier Sharif said while talking to reporters here.

His remarks came in the wake of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam's decision to pull out of the PPP-led coalition at the centre following the sacking of one of its ministers by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Sharif said he had written a letter to the President about fighting corruption and implementing the CoD but Zardari had not yet responded to it.

He said any meeting between him and the President on the sidelines of an official banquet for the visiting Chinese Premier in Islamabad on Saturday would be "futile" till such issues were addressed.

He also made it clear that the PML-N would not be part of any "unconstitutional and undemocratic" effort to topple the PPP-led government.

"Dictators go in for unconstitutional ways to oust democratic governments.

We will not prefer personal interests over national interests just to please some people," he said.

Sharif said it was regrettable that the PPP had agreed to form a truth commission for transparent accountability but had later presented a guard of honour to a dictator like former President Pervez Musharraf when he quit office in 2008.


First Published: Friday, December 17, 2010, 00:58

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