* Zardari agrees to repeal 17th Amendment, implement CoD, but gives no timeframe

* PPP complains of N’s role in ‘destabilising’ govt

* N warns ‘poor governance’ could derail democratic system



A much-awaited meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif concluded without any breakthrough on Monday.

The meeting was held on an invitation by Zardari.

Zardari agreed to the PML-N demand for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the implementation of the Charter of Democracy (CoD) as soon as possible, but did not give a timeframe.

Although the PPP also complained of the PML-N’s role in “destabilising the government”, both parties branded the talks “positive, productive and good for the democratic process”.

The PML-N assured the PPP that it would not become a party to anything aimed at destabilising the government. However, it warned that the PPP’s “poor governance” could derail the democratic system.

Addressing a press conference, PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq recalled commitments made by the president, and said, “It is time for action.”

Replying to a question, he said the NRO did not come up during the meeting.

Daily Times