Agreement between Popular Party and President Caused Split in Pakistani Ruling Coalition – Experts
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 May / Trend corr. D.Khatinoglu / The split in the new coalition of the ruling party of Pakistan is connected with the agreement signed between the ruling Popular party and President Pervez Mosharraf. "Popular party has to go on with the agreement with Mosharraf to remain its authority," Abdolhay Anis, Pakistani political scientist, stated.
According to the information released by BBC on 13 May, the wing of the Muslim League party headed by Nawaz Sharif refused from its representative in the coalition of the ruling Popular party.
Nawaz Sharif stated in his statement to media that he has left the Coalition protesting against the refusal to re-appoint 30 judges dismissed by Mosharraf's order in 2007.
"It was known beforehand that the activity of Nawaz Sharif and Yusif Reza Gilani (Prime Minister elected from Popular party) would be of short-term," Anis stated to Trend by a telephone from Islamabad.
According to Anis, foreign forces are not interested to weak the office of the President of Pakistan. "The United States urges Asaf Ali Zardari, Chairman of Popular party, to establish a coalition with the President Parviz Mosharraf for a long period. Mosharraf needs support from the Popular party to remain in the office. From other side, the support of Popular party is necessary for the government to keep stability in the country," the political scientist from Pakistan said.
Nawaz Sharif's party has a strong authority in the Parliament and Sharif's secession from the coalition will lead to weakness in the Popular party," Anis believes.
Mohammad Matin, another political scientist from Pakistan, stated to BBC on 13 May that Ali Zardari was brought to the court due to the corruption accusations regarding the decisions against dismissed judges. "In April, Mosharraf canceled the decision made against Zardari. Zardari feel fear that if the dismissed judges are re-appointed, then they will bring an action against him," Matin stated.
On 18 February 2007, a coalition was established by the Popular party and Nawaz Sharif. Under the initial agreement between the two sides, the judges dismissed from their positions by Mosharraf during the presidential elections in 2007, must have been re-appointed until 30 April. Sharif stated in his statement that Popular party did not fulfill its promise regarding the re-appointment of judges.
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