US senators ask Zardari to ally with moderates

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{image-zardari votes01_20022008smalll_20022008.jpg}Islamabad, Feb 20: A US senators' delegation met Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari here on Feb 19 and requested him to collaborate with moderates to form a democratic Government.

According to the Daily Times, US Ambassador Anne W Palterson who also part of the delegation. The delegates paid their condolences to Zardari on the tragic death of his wife and former Premier Benazir Bhutto. Apart from Palterson, the delegation included former US presidential candidate Senator John Kerry, Senator Joseph Biden and Senator Chuck Hagel. In a mandate against army rule, Pakistan on Feb 19 returned a Parliament hostile to President Pervez Musharraf, handing the keys of a fractured House to his bitter foes, the PPP and the PML-N, to form a coalition government.

Pakistan ruling party concedes defeat

President Musharraf's worst fears were realised with the PPP and the PML-N marching ahead in the polls although neither party could gain an absolute majority. The PPP rode the sympathy wave which swept the nation after the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto to emerge as the single largest party in the national assembly with 87 seats.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif's PML-N took second honours with 66 seats while the PML-Q or the King's party, loyal to the President, trailed at third place with 38 seats. After the results poured out, Mr Sharif said the people's verdict was that President Musharraf had to go.


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