Pakistan News: Zulfiqar Mirza, The war of words between the PPP and the PML-N expanded beyond the provincial boundaries of Punjab on Sunday.
The first salvo was fired by Sindh Interior Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza who threatened that no office of the PML-N from Karachi to Kashmore would be safe if the PPP came under an undemocratic or illegal attack.
On the same day in Faisalabad, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reiterated the PML-N’s line that the fate of the PPP ministers in the Punjab cabinet would be decided on Feb 22, which is a day earlier than the deadline given by the PML-N to the government to implement its “reform agenda”.
Talking to reporters at the residence of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, the chief minister went so far as to say that the meeting to depose the PPP ministers would be held in Islamabad.
Mr Sharif’s words did not take anyone by surprise as the party’s Punjab leadership had already said this before in so many words. In fact, just a day earlier Mr Sanaullah had asserted that the PML-N government in the province would remove the PPP from the coalition government over the federal government’s failure to implement the ‘reforms agenda’.