Patch-up with Zardari not possible: Sharifs

The political crisis in Pakistan deepened on Monday as Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif stymied efforts by smaller parties to patch up differences between them and Asif Ali Zardari....

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published:March 3, 2009 12:52 am

The political crisis in Pakistan deepened on Monday as Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif stymied efforts by smaller parties to patch up differences between them and Asif Ali Zardari,saying any reconciliation depended on him giving up his sweeping powers as President.

Accusing Zardari of continuing Pervez Musharraf’s policies and failing to deliver on commitments made during last year’s general election,Nawaz Sharif warned that such “shrewdness and deceit” would backfire.

Addressing a gathering of the bar association at Bahawalpur,Shahbaz said there could be no reconciliation with Zardari till he repealed the 17th amendment,which gives him sweeping powers,and reinstated judges deposed by Musharraf. Shahbaz’s comments came after a meeting with ruling PPP leader and Balochistan CM Aslam Raisani,deputed by Zardari for talks with the Sharifs.

Earlier,Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Awami National Party leader Asfandyar Wali Khan initiated efforts to get the two main parties resolve their differences before matters reach a “point of no return”.

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