Nawaz Sharif

Major Party Pulls out of Pakistan Government

May 12, 2008 07:26 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by Anne Szustek
The party of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N, is leaving the government only three months after being elected.

30-Second Summary

The PML-N’s resignation is the result of a policy stalemate with the majority Pakistan People’s Party regarding the reinstatement of some 60 federal judges who were fired by President Pervez Musharraf on Nov. 3.

The PML-N said on its Web site that without the judges’ reinstatement, “the country has little hopes of a bright future.”

The PPP is willing to put the judges back in power, but only if limitations are placed on their jurisdiction. However, the PML-N wants the judges to be reinstated with all the powers they had before their removal.

The Supreme Court, where some of the former judges served, was to rule on the legality of Musharraf’s re-election in November. But before the court could decide, the president declared a state of emergency and sacked the judges.

Sharif said that the May 12 deadline to reinstate the judges was a precondition for the PML-N’s coalition with the PPP. The two parties agreed on March 9 to return the judges to power—a move that would have stripped Musharraf of “crucial powers.”

Sharif, who himself was deposed as prime minister by a Musharraf-led military coup in 1999, said that he and his party would continue to support the PPP on an “issue-by-issue” basis, assuring the majority party that the PML-N “will not become part of any conspiracy to destabilize the democratic process.”

See AP coverage

Headline Link: ‘Pakistan Government Set to Split’

Background: Recent PPP/PML-N coalition moves

Reaction: ‘Restoration of Judiciary Linked to Country’s Development’

Historical Context: Pakistan

Key Players: Nawaz Sharif and Yusuf Raza Gillani

Nawaz Sharif (1949–)
Yusuf Raza Gillani (1952–)

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