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PPP, allies to begin talks on caretaker setup: Kaira

Published Jan 29, 2013 08:23am

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Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had completed internal consultations over the dissolution of assemblies and the installation of a caretaker setup and was scheduled to begin its talks with the allied parties, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad, Kaira said the government was working towards apprising the nation over developments on a caretaker setup and assemblies' dissolution in seven to 10 days' time.

The minister said so far no consultations had taken place over who should be made the caretaker prime minister and a name could only be finalised once talks were held on the matter.

He said the PPP had constituted a committee to hold consultations with all parties in this regard.

Kaira moreover said the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly should provide Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf with two instead of six names for a caretaker premier.

He added that the government and the assemblies could perform their duties until the last day of their tenure.

The PPP leader said the government was bound to implement its agreement with Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ).

Criticising Leader of the Opposition in the NA, Kaira said Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s attitude toward Farhatullah Babar was inappropriate.

He added that the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) should choose the route of talks instead of one of sit-ins.

Kaira said the PML-N should first clarify whether if was in favour of or against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in its existing form.

The minister said the forum to empower the election commission was not the streets, adding that the delimitation problem in Karachi was not the government's doing.