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PPP leader Syed Khurshid Shah.—File Photo
PPP leader Syed Khurshid Shah.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The PPP-nominated leader of opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, has said his party would like to see the incoming PML-N government completing its five-year term and believes that this will “permanently close the door to dictatorship”.

“If the PML-N government completes its tenure, then no force will be able to even think of derailing democracy,” Mr Shah told reporters at the PPP’s central secretariat here on Saturday after he was nominated as leader of opposition in the National Assembly

Mr Shah, who is known for his good relations with all political parties and had acted as a key negotiator of the PPP-led government in testing times, said his party would support all “pro-people” policies of the new government

“The PPP will not create any hurdle for the PML-N government unless it feels that public interests are being compromised.”

He said the PPP was even ready to cooperate with the PML-N if it wanted to amend the constitution to promote national interests.

By extending support to the upcoming government, he said, the PPP wanted to enable it to meet challenges being faced by the country.

The party would cooperate with the government on national issues because next five years would be crucial for the country, Mr Shah said.

He claimed that the previous government had adhered to 80 per cent clauses of the charter of democracy signed by Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto in May 2006 in London.

He said the PPP had accepted results of the May 11 elections despite serious reservations only in the interest of democracy.

“The results are beyond comprehension.”

He said the PPP expected fair and transparent elections but “unfortunately it did not happen”.

Deploring the Election Commission’s warning about contempt proceedings against anyone criticising the conduct of the elections, he said: “This announcement by the ECP is upsetting because there is a big question mark over the elections.”

Referring to the ECP secretary’s assertion that the commission enjoyed powers to conduct a trial under contempt charges, he said: “The ECP should not talk about new laws. Only parliament has the prerogative to enact laws.”

Mr Shah said it was unfortunate that the PPP was not allowed to run its election campaign freely.

He said the PPP-led coalition government had taken a stance on the issue of terrorism according to the aspirations of people who wanted peace.

Highlighting achievements of the previous government, he said it had announced seventh National Finance Commission award. He expressed the hope that the incoming federal government would develop good relations with the provinces.

Comments (9) Closed

MSAlvi May 26, 2013 10:25am

Mr. Shah, government is not just about completing five year terms; the government is elected to serve people and do their job (if they know how to do it).

Hasan Hasni May 26, 2013 10:28am

We are pleased to see the democratic response of PPP and ANP. Let PMLN also complete another five year term. However, please do something for the country in small steps but with substance. Fix first Judiciary, law, order and secondly other thing. We hope if its suits the rulers?

Oppsition May 26, 2013 02:04pm

The place for PPP is jail. Opposition leader what a joke. Only Imran Khan should deserve to be the opposition leader.

Julie C May 26, 2013 03:18pm

Now it's PPP's turn to play the 'friendly' opposition against PML (N) .. role reversal or as Imran Khan rightly said the 'mook makaa'!

Salma Khan May 26, 2013 03:27pm

Five years? Sure, but only if PML (N) ENDS load-shedding in 2 years, as promised, otherwise the country holds midterm elections .. democracy continues .. fair and square!

Ali Abbas May 26, 2013 05:17pm

@Salma Khan: I am not sure why people of Pakistan are tolerant of martial laws for decades but give elected govts only "2 years" ultimatum?

Ali Abbas May 26, 2013 05:20pm

@Hasan Hasni: First thing that needs fixing is the complete eradication of religious extremist and terrorists ie talibans from Pakistan. If there is peace in the country people of Pakistan are capable of solving their own problems.

Ali Abbas May 26, 2013 05:23pm

@MSAlvi: And military, judiciary, beurocracy and intelligence agencies to support the govt and not work against it. Nawaz sharif should emphasize on the supremacy of parliament over all other institutes but he is too busy courting talibans.

malick May 27, 2013 12:21am

I hope that ppp will help NS on these issue to clear right in first sitting of NA before taking oath. Asghar Khan case and money in 1990 election. Kargil issue and general Musharraf. Memo commission of Mansoor, Hakani. General Muzsharraf and Article 6 announced by NS.

I also hope that sindh govt can give the same respect and protocol to NS as Zardiri is given by SHS. I also hope that Sindh CM will not hang ulta or seedha to PM or new President Sartaj Aziz @ 3 talwar.