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Gilani should step down, says Nawaz.

LAHORE -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani should step down from his position after being convicted by the Supreme Court (SC).

While talking to a private TV channel, Nawaz Sharif said that the prime minister should resign from his office and pave way for a new elected prime minister.

"In light of the verdict, I think PM Gilani should resign immediately rather than prolong the issue," he said.

He said that his party no loner would accept him as Prime Minister and PPP should bring in a non controversial care taker PM. He said if PPP keeps him as PM that is tantamount to ridiculing the sanctity of the parliament and nation.

Nawaz said the government did not spare any chance to ridicule court and its orders. Whenever responsible and dedicated officers were appointed to investigate issues, they were replaced by the people of their own choice.

"The court verdict is based on truth and reality. It must have punished the prime minister with a heavy heart, but the prime minister himself is to be blamed," he said.

"The prime minister himself invited this situation," he added.

He said the coalition partners also played their role in increasing political chaos in the country which cannot be accepted.

The PML-N leader suggested the government to hold elections immediately and appoint a neutral prime minister who would write the letter to Swiss authorities.

"If the government is willing, the PMLN would support a caretaker setup for the federal and provincial governments."

While commenting on SC's stance he said, "I fully believe the Supreme Court has the high moral ground while the government is standing on the wrong wicket," Nawaz said.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 27, 2012
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