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May 18, 2013

Interim PM working under Zardari’s influence: Shahbaz

Pakistan

WD
Web Desk
May 18, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab president Mian Shahbaz Sharif has alleged that the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, under the influence of President Asif Zardari, was making transfers and postings in the federal government and was not prepared to listen to the PML-N.
Talking to media persons after his meetings with the National People’s Party delegation from Sindh and Legharis of Dera Ghazi Khan, Shahbaz said the caretaker prime minister should respect the public mandate, as he was bound to follow the same politically, morally and legally. He warned that he should not force the PML-N to take any strong measures.
The former chief minister Punjab appealed to the PML-N workers to keep their cool in response to the fake allegations of rigging and get united.Earlier, a delegation of the National People’s Party from Sindh, led by its head Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, met Shahbaz Sharif at his Raiwind residence and announced his party’s merger with the PML-N.
Also, newly-elected independent members for national and provincial assemblies from Dera Ghazi Khan, Awais Leghari and Jamal Leghari, along with three independent MPs, met PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif at Raiwind.
They expressed completeleadership and announced their joining the N-League.Murtaza Jatoi told a press conference later on that the NPP leadership decided to join the PML-N due to effective leadership and public friendly policies of Nawaz Sharif. He hoped the PML-N would focus on revival of national institutions, destroyed by the previous government.
Shahbaz welcomed the decision of Murtaza Jatoi and said it would have a positive impact on the national politics. He claimed that Punjab was the only province where the caretaker government had transferred all officials from chief secretary to a patwari. He said he also knew that the government made all these transfers due to pressure from other political parties. He said under such scenario, there was no question of

a caretaker administration supporting the PML-N. He claimed that they should forget about it now and jointly work for the welfare of Pakistan. Shahbaz vowed to focus on accelerating development projects ­ overcoming energy crisis and creating job opportunities.