Interim setup: Zardari calls on meeting at presidency


ISLAMABAD: In context of the prevailing political issues President Asif Ali Zardari has called on a meeting with party and coalition leaders at the president house Islamabad, late Tuesday.

Sources told Aaj news that the ruling PPP will debate with the coalition partners to congregate support for introducing a constitutional amendment for the new province in Punjab and to forge a consensus on interim government and the selection of care-taker Prime Minister before the general elections.

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told media that 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 tonight.

The meeting will be chaired by President Zardari while PM Raja Pervez Ashraf and some federal ministers will also be present for the discussions.

‘PMLN refutes new province formula’

The main opposition party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has rejected the combination of South punjab and Bahawalpur, therefore decided to introduce two bills in the National Assembly to seek creation of three more provinces: two in Punjab and one in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in respond to the proposal of new provinces only in Punjab.

The party announced to table a bill in the National Assembly calling for two provinces – Bahawalpur and South Punjab – to be carved out of Punjab. It will also introduce another bill seeking creation of a Hazara province in K-P.

The two major parties of the country are seem to be in a drift over the division of the largest province of the country but analysts said that
south Punjab is patently an election-year gambit in which politicians are playing politics and trying to manipulate the emotions of voters.