Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said he has asked Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to begin talks with the government on the caretaker Prime Minister, saying any delay in the interim setup could harm democratic process.

 

Talking to the media in Lahore, he demanded that a caretaker set-up should immediately be put in place to bury the rumours about elections.

 

The PML-N chief said his party had completed its “homework” on the matter of the caretaker prime minister, adding that the government should also move forward on the issue.

 

About Tahir-ul-Qadri, he said agenda of Tahirul Qadri is tantamount to sabotage of elections.

 

He said there are many Pakistanis with dual nationalities but they had not been making demands of this nature.

 

“Everyone wants to know about the motives of Tahirul Qadri,” he said.

 

He said Tahirul Qadri’s approach is not correct, adding that Pakistan cannot afford any more ‘dramas.’ He said Qadri’s demands are unconstitutional, adding that Pakistan should be given an opportunity to become a civilized country.

 

The former premier also urged the government to get serious about the caretaker government without wasting any time. The entire political leadership should evolve a consensus on the issue, he opined.

 

To a question, Sharif said that his party would attend an all-party conference, to be hosted by the Awami National Party (ANP) on the issue of terrorism. Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar and Raja Zafarul Haq will represent the PML-N in the meeting, he told reporters.

 

Answering a question on the hanging of Afzal Guru over a botched attack on the Indian parliament in Dec 2001, the PML-N chief said India would have to act responsibly if it wanted improved ties with Pakistan.

He said that the relationship cannot be improved unless both sides take steps.

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