Pakistan opposition 'not to move against PM'

PML-N leaders were due to hold talks on Tuesday on the party's response to the political turmoil in Pakistan.

Pakistan opposition 'not to move against PM'

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his minority government is likely to survive after the main opposition group said on Tuesday it would not push for a no-confidence vote, but without support of a partner which quit at the weekend, will struggle to enact policies.

The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said it would not demand a vote of no confidence in Gilani because to do so would exacerbate instability in the country, the party said.

The PML-N believes a no-confidence vote would "damage the whole country," chairman Raja Zafar-ul-Haq told Reuters.

Coalition partner the MQM pulled out of the administration over fuel price policies, leaving the government, which is trying to strengthen the economy, ease poverty without a majority.

PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal said "at the moment, a no-confidence vote does not look like a possibility".

Despite Tuesday's reprieve, analysts do not expect Gilani to serve out his term, which ends in 2013.

"The government may survive for some time but it can't continue indefinitely in this state," said Hasan Askari Rizvi. "It has to muster support. The opposition will continue to embarrass it and paralyse it."

"Talks"

The second biggest opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League headed by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain (PML-Q) is not pushing for a no-confidence vote either, party officials said.

PML-N leaders were due to hold talks on Tuesday on the party's response to the political turmoil in Pakistan.

Rather than demanding a vote of no confidence, the PML-N and other opposition parties may prefer to wear down a weak prime minister by steps such as blocking legislation and even street protests to force a call for an early election.

Sharif is one of Pakistan's most popular politicians.

"The opposition will want this government to collapse rather then they moving against it. All opposition parties will pounce on Gilani in the parliament," said analyst Rizvi.



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