Skip to comments.'Third force': Gilani warns Nawaz that both lose if govt falls [ Pakistan ]
Posted on 01/01/2012 8:40:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has again sent a message to its rival, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, that when it comes to defending democracy, the two parties are 'in this together'.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani admitted on Sunday that a 'third force' could come to power if his government collapsed, but warned PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif that he stood little chance of taking the helm.
Referring to corruption charges against the government, he said that every democratic administration in the past was removed on charges of corruption. In a dig at his political opponent, Gilani said that Nawaz should know that corruption charges against the government would not result in Nawaz attaining power.
The comments also appear to lend weight to recent murmurs that the two parties were considering shows of unity in the face of a rising Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf -- what they, insiders say, perceive as a security- backed 'third force'.
Speaking at a function in Lahore, Gilani said that conspiracies were afoot to block the Senate elections, a private TV channel reported. He warned against such moves, saying a serious blow to democracy would bring the country to a standstill and insisting the Senate elections would go ahead as planned in May.
The PM also reiterated his certainty that the PPP would win the Senate elections.
The frequent stream of corruption allegations, from one political party to the other, was criticised by the PM, who termed them a fad...
On the issue of creating a Seraiki province, the PM said efforts were continuing and that all political parties were united on the issue. Gilani emphasised that constitutional means would be used to bring the Seraiki province into being.
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