You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice and the equality of mankind in your own native soil. [Mohammed Ali Jinnah]

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Blow to Musharraf

Pakistani parties to share power

Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were winners in February's elections
The leaders of the two parties that won Pakistan's elections have signed an agreement on a coalition government.

February's parliamentary elections delivered a crushing defeat to parties loyal to President Pervez Musharraf.

Mr Musharraf has urged the incoming government to leave politics aside and concentrate on good governance.

(hehe mush asks political parties to leave politics lolz... he is mad another proof... he can do politics in army uniform n the parties with mandate should not :D)

Mr Sharif has consistently called for the president to step down in the wake of the elections, which were regarded as a key step in Pakistan's transition from military to civilian rule.

The BBC's Barbara Plett, in Islamabad, says the deal will be seen as a further blow to Mr Musharraf who will face a parliament dominated by his adversaries.

Two issues had dominated the talks: The PML(N) party's insistence that judges sacked by Mr Musharraf in November be reinstated, and the PPP's desire for Mr Sharif's party to formally sign up to the cabinet.

Mr Zardari and Mr Sharif told a news conference that both matters had been settled.
All the sacked judges will be reinstated via a parliamentary resolution passed within 30 days of forming a new government.

That appears to mean that the chief justice will get back his job, in defiance of Mr Musharraf's strong objections, our correspondent says.

In return Nawaz Sharif has agreed that his party will join the cabinet - even though he does not recognise the president's right to rule.

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PML-N is respecting the mandate it got from people...

Black week starts: Police and Protesters Clash in Islamabad

Lawyers and Civil Society showed power on the eve of black week being observed from March 9 (The day when lawyers movement took birth). There were reports of tear gas shelling by police on protesters who wanted to march towards judges colony in Islamabad. See BBC Urdu. Things were normal in other major cities.

Is making its army "more effective and more competent" NOT Pakistan's internal matter?

why is amreeka assisting pakistan in improving the strength of the army?

US in wait-and-see mode on Fata
By Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON, March 8: The United States is “anxiously watching” to see how the new political government in Pakistan will deal with the situation in tribal areas, says a top Pentagon official.

Admiral William Fallon, commander of the US Central Command, also said that despite political changes in Islamabad, Washington would like to maintain its close ties with the Pakistani defence establishment.

At a recent hearing at the US House Armed Services Committee, Admiral Fallon said the United States was ready to extend all assistance to the Pakistani Military to make it “more effective and more competent”.