| GEO Pakistan|
PPP, PML-Q agree to form coalition government
| Updated at: 0003 PST, Monday, May 02, 2011|
ISLAMABAD, May 1 (APP): Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (Q) on Sunday night agreed to form a coalition government and cooperate in the next General Elections.
A meeting was held in the Presidency between leaders of PPP and PML-Q which was attended by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain,Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Raja Basharat of the PML-Q and President Asif Ali Zardari who is also Co Chairman PPP, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani,Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar from the PPP side.
Briefing mediapersons, the Spokesperson said that the meeting took place in the context of the ongoing dialogue between the two parties aimed at political re-alignment and strengthening reconciliation to address various issues confronting the country in an atmosphere of political stability, mutual tolerance and accommodation.
The two parties agreed to work together and cooperate for strengthening democracy, ensuring electoral reforms, reforms in FATA, creation of new provinces specially in Southern Punjab (Seraiki) and Hazara subject to consultation with the people and approval of stakeholders including making appropriate amendments to the Constitution for this purpose.
Farhatullah Babar said that the two parties agreed to cooperate in a number of areas of concern to the people including economic uplift, controlling inflation, issues of power shortage, transparency and accountability and strengthening of the law and order situation in the country.
Following the agreement, in principle, the PML-Q agreed to form coalition government with the PPP in the centre headed by the PPP Prime Minister.
The two parties also agreed to cooperate in the next elections which will be held in accordance with the Constitution, he said.
The two parties also rejected any change in the government except through the mechanism of free, fair and transparent elections as laid down in the Constitution.