'PPP to work with Mush if he gets vote of confidence'

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Islamabad, Feb 26: Pakistan's Peoples Party leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim has said his party was ready to work with President Pervez Musharraf if he got the vote of confidence from Parliament. The senior vice chairman of PPP who is likely to be the party's candidate as next Prime Minister said that making the Parliament powerful was their constitutional right. ''We will try to give Parliament more and more powers for people of the country. It will have to be seen that if we move forward by keeping principles, as every party has its own constitution,'' The Nation newspaper quoted him as saying in Islamabad.

''If anybody has any reservation, it should be brought forward. If there is a good thing, it should be supported,'' he said. Asked if PPP would cooperate with Mr Musharraf, Mr Fahim said, ''You must have listened the statement of Asif Ali Zardari (PPP Co-Chairman) that we would not accept Mr Musharraf. Let the process start.

''After a long time, we are moving from military rule to democracy. It is a constitutional provision and should have been implemented. ''Mr Musharraf has resigned as Army Chief. We would go to Parliament and seek a vote of confidence and if he stays, we will have to work,'' he stated.

On the demand for restoration of judiciary, Mr Fahim said that after the meeting between Mr Zardari and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif, it had been decided to take the issue to Parliament. ''We will seek solution from the Parliament.'' PPP leader said, ''We want legislation to make judiciary financially independent. The judges should act according to the constitution.

''PPP has the right to form the government, because people showed their trust in it. The present situation is clear. We would handle all problems, devise policies and inform people with the facts,'' stated Mr Fahim.

Mr Fahim admitted that formation of the government would be a difficult task, however, efforts would be made to overcome these difficulties with the alliance of other parties.

To a query, he said his government would handle the problems of inflation and unemployment effectively. ''We have to devise long and short-term policies keeping in view of geo-political situation,'' he held.


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