HYDERABAD: Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will continue to serve as the country’s prime minister and the elections will be held after the government has completed its constitutional tenure, clarified the law and parliamentary affairs minister, Maula Bux Chandio.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, the minister denied that the current prime minister would be changed due to the ongoing contempt proceedings in the Supreme Court.
He said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government respects the judiciary and was implementing all its orders. “Even if we disagree with certain decisions, we present ourselves at court with the pleas out of respect.”
Chandio lauded the contributions of President Asif Ali Zardari for ensuring democracy in the country through constitutional amendments and consensus based decisions with the opposition. He also appreciated the government’s successful march towards the completion of its constitutional time period.
He blamed certain news anchors for trying to create a misunderstanding between the government and the judiciary. He claimed that at least three news anchors had been proven wrong for giving unsubstantiated analysis and predictions which never materialised.
A question regarding the possible change of the ministers in the federal cabinet was put forward to which the minister replied that political parties take decisions from time to time. However, he did not seem to have much information on the subject. Chandio was accompanied by other PPP leaders on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2012.