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Resignations of PML-N ministers will be accepted: Gilani
August 29, 2008 14:10 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [Images] on Friday said the resignations of ministers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who had quit his cabinet, would be accepted soon. He ruled out setting a deadline for restoring judges dismissed during last year's emergency rule.
Gilani said senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had recently met him and asked him to accept the resignations of his party ministers.
"I'll soon accept the resignations," he told reporters.
Former premier Nawaz Sharif's PML-N pulled out of the ruling coalition on Monday, accusing Pakistan People's Party chief Asif Ali Zardari of reneging on agreements to reinstate the judges who were sacked by former President Pervez Musharraf [Images].
On his government's stand on reinstating the judges, Gilani said it is committed to restoring them to their former positions, but refused to set a deadline for the same.
"Even before taking oath, I released all the judges (from house arrest)... Now we are committed to restoring the judges. I have not given any deadline and I think it is not appropriate to give deadlines because it is up to the parliament to take a decision," he said.
The Prime Minister also said he was not privy to the discussions held between the Pakistan People's Party and the PML-N over the past few months on the issue of reinstating the judges.
"Politicians have been discussing this issue for four months, but I did not participate for even a single day," he said.
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