No deal with PPP: Shaukat Aziz
The premier said that people will not vote for "the looters and plunderers who are sitting abroad after emptying the national exchequer".india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 14:47 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has rejected the possibility of entering into a deal with the Pakistan People's Party, led by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, ahead of the next general elections.
He said that the ruling party the PML would fight the next general elections with its existing coalition partners.
"I am reading news about the deal too. But I want to make it clear here that the PML will contest the next general elections along with its coalition partners, and get success on the basis of its policies," the Daily Times quoted the premier as saying last evening.
He said that the PML would win the next general elections because the people will not vote for "the looters and plunderers who are sitting abroad after emptying the national exchequer".
In an apparent reference to the exiled Nawaz Sharif and Benazir, he said: "The people of this country know well that the past rulers gave them nothing and instead looted the national exchequer."
He was addressing a press briefing at Governor's House in Karachi.
Aziz further said the general elections would be free, fair and transparent. Asked if the elections would be held under the supervision of a president in military uniform, he said: "Any decision in this regard will be taken in accordance with the constitutional requirements."
To a question if there was any chance that former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif could return to Pakistan in time of the elections, Aziz said, "This is a matter of law."
He denied that there were any differences within the PML over the party's candidate for the next prime minister, and said: "The decision about the new PM will be taken by the party after the elections."
Meanwhile, a report in the Daily Times quoted Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sher Afgan Niazi as saying that the talks between the PPP and the Government for the deal had reached a "decisive stage", but added that a strong group within the ruling PML was opposing the deal.
Niazi said that such a deal was in the national interest, because it would result in the "strengthening of democratic and enlightened political forces".