Islamabad Diary

No threat to democracy in Pakistan: Zardari

Amidst the on-going political blame game, and fears of military taking over the reigns,
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has assured that there is no risk of derailment of democracy in the country. According to a People's Media Cell handout released before his departure to Iran, Zardari negated the notion that Pakistan is a failed state.He said every step is being taken to ensure the stability of democracy and democratic organizations in the country.






Gilani says PML-Q can play kingmaker in Punjab


Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) can play the kingmaker's role in Punjab.
Addressing the parliament, he said the PPP-led government would not mind sitting on the opposition benches if it failed to show majority support, adding that the Federal Government would respect the mandate of the party, which has the support of majority of Punjab Assembly members."I assure [the Senate] that we will respect the mandate of all the political parties," the Daily Times quoted Gilani, as saying.Speaking about the confrontation between the PPP and PML-N, Gilani said the impression of a rift between Punjab and Sindh was not good for the centre.Referring to the Sharif brothers, Gilani said he had the highest regard for them, as they supported the PPP's struggle for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan.
"We have worked together in the past and want to work together in the future as well. Politics is like musical chairs. When one party comes to power, the other sits in the opposition. Today's opposition is tomorrow's government," he said.Gilani said he wanted to see Governor's rule lifted in Punjab as soon as possible."I am not in favor of the imposition of governor's rule. I am against it. I want it lifted tomorrow, instead of after two months," he said.
He also assured that he would support a consensus bill on the implementation of the Charter of Democracy and the abolishment of the 17th Amendment.Sharif’s call for ‘revolution’ branded ‘mutiny’ by PPP Govt.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister of Pakistan and Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)

Chief Nawaz Sharif has called on the people of Pakistan to come out on the streets and fight for change.Addressing a huge gathering in Jhelum, Sharif urged for a change in the current political scenario of the country through a revolution."Get ready to make sacrifices for a revolution, come out on the streets to change your destiny," The Daily Times quoted Sharif, as saying.Strongly criticizing the Supreme Court's verdict to disqualify him and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif , the PML-N chief termed the decision as a `fake verdict by a fake court.'
"The constitution, the law, the judiciary and Pakistan are not the fiefdom of Zardari. If anyone tries to subject people to injustices, he should be ready to face the consequences," Sharif added.Sharif asked the security forces not to abide by the government's order which were against the law and constitution.The provocative statements by the former Prime Minister ahead of the protest march have raised fears about a large-scale public revolt.Interior Advisor, Rehman Mailk said termed the Sharif's verbal attack on the government and particularly on President Asif Ali Zardari as a `mutiny'.Malik warned of severe consequences in case of loss to human life or property during the long march."If, in this long march, any death takes place or anyone's property is damaged, the responsibility will be on those who are bearing the flag of sedition, and a police compliant will be register"

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