Pak steered out of turmoil for the moment

ISLAMABAD - Intense and hard negotiation backed by major foreign powers led to reconciliation, steering Pakistan out of the turmoil and changing the charged up political atmosphere ahead of the lawyers ‘Long March’.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s announcement regarding reinstatement of the deposed judges of the Supreme Court, doing away with February 25 actions and the road map to implement Charter of Democracy (CoD) defused the crises.

The move would go long way in Pakistan’s political history and definitely help promote stability in the country on one hand and strengthening of country’s justice system, democracy and the national economy on the other.

Though it is premature to give any objective assessment about the modalities of reinstatement of the deposed judges, particularly the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and implementing CoD, ostensibly it looks certain that apart from the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani some major foreign powers had played crucial role in securing the deal.

This is significant in relation to Pakistan’s future role in the war on terror in line with US strategy, The Nation reports However, it was still not clear about the fate of former President Pervez Musharraf’s pre-November 3, 2007 actions pertaining to second emergency he imposed under a constitutional cover.

Moreover, the political pundits are of the view that the PML-N would most likely rejoin the ruling coalition at the Centre and PPP-PML-N government in Punjab.

The PML-N had left the federal cabinet last year as mark of protest over the PPP failure to implement the Murree Accord signed by the two parties for reinstatement of deposed judges sacked by General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf.

The political pundits were of the view that the move would pave way for the appointment of non-controversial governor at the most populated Punjab province, the paper says They believed that lawyers Long March supported by the PML-N and other opposition parties might have resulted into a bloody showdown with the PPP-led coalition government had the reconciliation efforts failed.


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