Pakistan: Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported that 17 newly-elected independent members of the National Assembly have joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. This gives it at least 140 seats, enough to form a PML-N government.
The leaders of the party complained to the caretaker government on Friday about its having made important appointments on the orders of President Zardari. The party criticized the caretaker government and described as 'illegal' its appointment of 'notorious' persons to offices such as chairperson of the National Electric Power Regularity Authority (NEPRA) and transfer of some federal secretaries.
"The caretaker prime minister should not make appointments at the behest of President Asif Zardari. He is listening to President Zardari but not us," PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif said.
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