Gilani brushes past army statement saga

Published: January 29, 2012

I do not want to revisit the matter; we acted against those responsible: Gilani. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani wants to move beyond the series of statements that almost cost him his government.

In a briefing at the Prime Minister House on Sunday upon his return from Davos, where he was attending the World Economic Forum, he refused to talk about his earlier statement about the responses of army and intelligence chiefs in the Memogate case before the Supreme Court.

“I do not want to revisit the matter. We acted against those responsible,” he said, referring to former defence secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi who the premier sacked after the Inter-Services Public Relations issued a strong-worded rejoined to Gilani’s own statement in China.

Talking about the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and its recommendations on Nato supply resumption, the prime minister said he had not received them yet. “The people will decide on what Pakistan’s relations should be with the US.”

He said that President Asif Ali Zardari will be addressing the parliament at the scheduled time. “He will become the only president in the history of this country to address the parliament for the fifth time,” said the prime minister, who prides himself for being the ‘longest-serving’ chief executive of the country. “While all others have only spoken, he has in reality defended the country’s interests.”

Confidently asserting that the incumbent government will present the federal budget in May, he said that the administration will ensure free and transparent general elections. He said the government is seeking a consensus with opposition parties on the election commission bill.

He said that all parties will be taken into consensus on the 20th amendment issue.

Taking a covert jibe at the Punjab administration, currently battling with mass deaths of heart patients from the fatal reaction of free medicines handed out at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, he said he was saddened at the unfortunate deaths. He said that Punjab was the only hurdle in the establishment of a Drug Regulatory Authority.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Pakistan relations with the US should be of zero tolerance.

    Enough is enough.

    We don’t want that any more innocent Pakistani should die for the sake of pleasing US government in one way or the other.

    Let us clearly define our foreign policy with US and the targets which Government of Pakistan want to achieve.

    We do not need any more financial aid from the US.

    Keep US away from the Pakistanis.

    It will not only be good for an individual Pakistani but collectively for the government as well.

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  • Qurat-ul-ain Haider
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:36PM

    I am fully admitting our government’s nervous behavior. Why such a fuss over it when you are doing justice in your way. Why your thoughts are still captured by Army’s takeover stuff?

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  • Asif
    Jan 30, 2012 - 5:32AM

    their dirty games are over. The SC is independent and will not relent on Memogate

    Treason can never be tolerated

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