Pakistan Opposition Will Not Move Against PM

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Pakistan’s main opposition group will not push for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani because to demand such a vote would exacerbate instability. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) believes a vote would “damage the whole country,” party chairman Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said.

(Khaleej Times)

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (L) walks with President of the Pakistan Muslim League, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, after meeting at Hussain's residence in Lahore January 3, 2011. Gilani scrambled to save his ruling coalition on Monday after a key partner withdrew, plunging a country vital to U.S. efforts to pacify Afghanistan into a political crisis. Gilani told the media that during the talks, Hussain never discussed the idea of replacing the position for Prime Minister.

Pakistan’s main opposition group will not push for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani because to demand such a vote would exacerbate instability.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) believes a vote would “damage the whole country,” party chairman Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said.

The PML-N’s decision means Gilani’s fragile Pakistan People’s Party-led government could survive the country’s latest political crisis after a key partner withdrew on Sunday, depriving the government of a majority.

With little support, the US-backed government will face an even tougher struggle to strengthen the economy, ease poverty and tackle militancy.

PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal said “at the moment, a no-confidence vote does not look like a possibility”.

“It’s a matter of concern for the government which has turned into a minority (in parliament) as to how they will effectively run its affairs,” he said.

The upheaval coincides with increased US pressure on Pakistan to hunt down militant groups to help it turn around the faltering war in Afghanistan.