PML-Q thinks Musharraf has ditched it

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Lahore, Mar.19 : The Pakistan Muslim League (Qami) is of the view that President Pervez Musharraf failed to support it on crucial issues, and is disturbed over rumours that the latter might support the new government's proposal to reinstate the 63 deposed judges.

"In case the sacked judges are restored, President Musharraf will be left with no option but to resign," said a senior party leader privy to behind-the-scene developments and the nature of contacts between the PPP and the president.

The Dawn further quoted him as saying that the president already stood sidelined and was not in a position to use his Constitutional powers in the changed situation because of the numerical strength in the National Assembly of the PPP, PML-N, ANP and JUI-F.

This is the first time that the PML-Q is saying that Musharraf does not have a smooth political future.

According to this leader, in their back channel talks the PPP had assured President Musharraf that it would not support any move to impeach him or restore the sacked judges.

But, he said, it now appeared that the PML-N had created a situation in which the PPP leadership was not in a position to adhere to the assurances it had given to the president.

PPP and the PML-N sources say that the two parties would continue to mount pressure on the president to quit, but it is less likely that they will go for impeaching him despite having the required numerical strength.

A PML-Q leader, who did not want to be named, alleged that President Musharraf had changed his attitude towards his party at the time of polls in an attempt to have good ties with the PPP he thought would be his new ally. The leadership had experienced the change a few days after the polls.

ANI

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