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Gap in PML-N, PPP can widen over judges issue: Iqbal Cheema

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Aug 20, IRNA


Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, president of Islamabad Policy Research Institute, said on Wednesday that the gap between the two ruling parties could be widened if they failed to find a solution on judges issue.

Talking to IRNA, he said that the major problem which the coalition has been facing is the restoration of deposed judges who were sacked by Musharraf when he had imposed emergency in the country.

He added that two ruling parties have so far failed to agree on judges restoration that is why they have involved small parties in their dialogue going on over the issue.

He said that for a year the coalition will remain intact as both the ruling parties need each other but it depends on how they move forward.

Coalition partners have to prove that they can work together despite the differences, he said.

Cheema said that obviously there is a vacuum after Musharraf and there is big question mark that who will take over the office of the president.

Commenting on the present situation of Pakistan he said that Bilawal Zardari, Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, has already said that the next president will be from his party.

He said Altaf Hussain, Chief of MQM, has also suggested the name of Asif Ali Zardari, Co-Chairman of PPP, for the presidential candidate but no one knows that who will the next president.

The president has to be selected within a month that is what our Constitution says, he said.

Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, said that the government is tackling internal pressures such as commodity prices the electricity crises.

Departure of Musharraf has also given new life to the Stock market.

He was of the view that the Prime Minister has become more powerful but it depends on the amendments which the parliament will make to the Constitution and curtail the powers of the president.

He said that the government is also facing external pressures which are linked with the internal pressures.

There is unrest in Tribal areas and Swat, there are sectarian clashes in Kurram Agency, and all these things have to be tackled by the new government.

I don't see much change in the US polices towards Pakistan, they have their own interest and objectives, and there would be no change in Pak-US relations, to a question Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema said.

Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema did Master's in Political Science and History from Punjab University, Certificate in Peace Research and International Relations from Oslo University (Norway), Diploma in International Relations from Vienna University (Austria), M. Litt. in Strategic Studies from Aberdeen University (UK) and Ph.D. from Quaid-i-Azam University ( Pakistan ).

Cheema is also a scholar of international repute. His articles have regularly appeared both in National as well as International Academic Journals, Popular Magazines and daily Newspapers.

He has published more than 120 research articles and over 600 other general articles/columns etc.

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