Sharif wants caretaker govt to conduct elections

Pakistan`s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has suggested a five-point agenda, including the appointment of a neutral caretaker government in consultation with opposition parties, ahead of the 2007 general elections.

Islamabad, Dec 23: Pakistan`s former Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif has suggested a five-point agenda, including the
appointment of a neutral caretaker government in consultation
with opposition parties, ahead of the 2007 general elections.

"Sharif`s five-point agenda includes restoration of
Parliament`s sovereignty and supremacy through holding free
and fair elections under a neutral caretaker government formed
in consultation with opposition parties minus President Pervez
Musharraf," said Ahsan Iqbal, Information Secretary of the
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) headed by Sharif.

Sharif has also urged the opposition leaders to unite for
the restoration of genuine democracy in the country, he said.

Iqbal said the first point of Sharif`s agenda was to
ensure restoration of 1973 constitution as it existed on
October 12, 1999.

Other points include an independent judiciary, creation
of an independent and effective Election Commission in
consultation with opposition parties, and removing
`unconstitutional and unethical hurdles` in the way of return
of exiled leaders.

Terming next year`s election as a milestone in Pakistan`s
history, he said this election would decide whether Pakistan
moved towards democratic order or anarchy in the 21st century.

"If the next elections are controversial then Pakistan
will slide into chaos and its federation will come under
extreme pressures," he said, adding Pakistani nation deserves
free and fair election like other nations.

If both Sharif and Benazir Bhutto were not allowed to
lead election campaigns of their parties then the electoral
process would be considered a mockery, he added.

Bureau Report

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