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PPP to ask PML-N to rejoin government

Source: PTI
August 26, 2008 22:51 IST
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Extending an olive branch to its estranged ally, the ruling Pakistan People's Party said on Tuesday all the judges deposed by former President Pervez Musharraf would be restored soon and it will ask the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to rejoin the government after their reinstatement.

Speaking with reporters outside parliament house, Yousuf Raza Gilani said his government has not yet accepted the resignation of PML-N ministers who had quit the cabinet in May.

The PML-N had pulled its nine ministers out of the cabinet after the PPP-led government failed to meet two deadlines for reinstating the deposed judges. It withdrew from the ruling coalition on Monday over the same issue.

Gilani said all the deposed judges, including former Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will be reinstated soon. Once the judges are restored, the PPP will request the PML-N to rejoin the government, he said.

Gilani also thanked the PML-N for its cooperation in the ouster of Musharraf, whom he described as the main hurdle in the way of democracy. Earlier in the day, Gilani told a Muttahida Qaumi Movement delegation that there was a need for "greater political reconciliation on all important national issues".
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