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PPP to quit PML-N-led government in Punjab

Pakistan's ruling PPP has decided to quit the PML-N-led government in Punjab province in the wake of the latter's refusal to rejoin the federal coalition headed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

world Updated: Apr 22, 2009 11:32 IST

Pakistan's ruling PPP has decided to quit the PML-N-led government in Punjab province in the wake of the latter's refusal to rejoin the federal coalition headed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The decision on the Pakistan People's Party pulling out of the provincial government in Punjab was made at a meeting late last night between President Asif Ali Zardari and Gilani, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

"The President, who is also the co-chair of the PPP, said a meeting of party (parliamentarians and legislators) from Punjab will be called this week to take a final decision on the modalities of quitting the Punjab government in the wake of the decision by the PML-N not to rejoin the federal government," Babar said in a statement.

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had recently spurned Gilani's offer for the party to rejoin the PPP-led coalition at the centre. Sharif had, however, said his party will offer support from outside to the government.

The PML-N had pulled out of the PPP-led alliance in August last year after accusing Zardari of reneging on several promises, including one on restoring the judges sacked during the 2007 emergency. The judges were reinstated last month after the PML-N and the lawyers' movement launched a countrywide protest on the issue.

Besides discussing the current political situation in Pakistan, Zardari apprised Gilani of his visit to Japan and China and the 'Friends of Pakistan' meeting in Tokyo that pledged over USD five billion in aid to the country.

They also discussed a letter written recently by Zardari to the Prime Minister urging the government to urgently take legislative steps for implementing the Charter of Democracy. Gilani apprised Zardari of the steps being taken in this regard, Babar said.

The Charter of Democracy envisages scrapping the President's sweeping powers to dissolve parliament and dismiss the elected premier.