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  • May 10th, 2008
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The chief of Pakistan Muslim League Mian Nawaz Sharif has said that there is no progress in talks between Pakistan Muslim League-N and Pakistan Peoples Party over the issue of reinstatement of deposed judges, Aaj TV reported. Talking to media after meeting with PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in London, Nawaz Sharif said that he had differed with Zardari on some points.

He said PCO judges had no legal status. Nawaz said PML-N had shown flexibility with regard to PCO judges so that the ruling alliance could remain intact. He said PCO judges could be retained on ad-hoc basis. The PML-N chief said both parties remain firm on their positions and if needed more talks could be held for which he decided to prolong his stay till tomorrow evening. He said the agenda for today's meeting was only the restoration of judiciary.

Regarding London talks, PML-N leader said he could speak on this issue only after May 12. He said PML-N would abide by its commitments and judges would be restored with honor and dignity. He said the constitution would be restored to October 12, 1999 position. He said President Musharraf used institutions to extend his rule.

Responding to a question, Nawaz Sharif said there was neither any foreign pressure on him nor would he accept such pressure. He said restoration of judiciary is vital for Pakistan's future and PML-N in consultation with PPP decided to include Aitzaz Ahsan, Fakhruddin G Ebrahim and Hafeez Pirzada in Judges Restoration Committee during Dubai talks. Nawaz said there was some difference of opinion between Aitzaz Ahsan and Hafeez Pirzada in relation to PCO judges.

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