Nawaz should keep his wishes to himself: Gilani

Published: April 29, 2012

No PPP prime minister will write a letter to Swiss authorities against the president, said Gilani. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Responding to the demand made by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chairman Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that he will not resign from his post to fulfil anyone’s wish.

While meeting different delegations of lawyers and friends at his residence in Lahore, Gilani said that until the detailed verdict was out, Nawaz should repress his wishes.

He further suggested the PML-N chairman not to interpret the court verdict, which convicted Gilani of contempt of court, according to his own wishes and wait for the detailed verdict. He again challenged him to bring a no confidence motion against him.

Reiterating his stance regarding not writing a letter to Swiss authorities, Gilani said that no prime minister belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will write a letter for the reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The convicted prime minister, while commenting on the court’s judgment against him, said that he will appeal against the decision. However, he said that the final decision of his disqualification will be taken by the parliament. “Parliament is the supreme body in the country. It can decide the issue of a member’s disqualification as it is the representative forum of 180 million people of Pakistan,” Gilani said.

Continuing with his diatribe against the PML-N leader, Gilani said that Nawaz was the first person to sign the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

He also said that PPP leaders had always questioned the mental stability of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and now they have raised similar concerns regarding the mental condition of his elder brother.

Calling Nawaz confused, Gilani said that he was now making politics confusing. “I will actively reciprocate any kind of politics,” he added.

He further said that the PPP, under the Charter of Democracy (CoD), gave Nawaz the right to premiership for the third time by agreeing to abolish the clause which prevents a person from becoming prime minister thrice. “Instead of thanking the PPP, Nawaz is now involved in hatching conspiracies against the PPP led coalition government in the centre,” Gilani said.

Reader Comments (26)

  • Apr 29, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Just heard Gov. (rehman malik) has handed proofs of Shareef’s involvement in Mehran bank scandal to news channels, now u will notice a long silence and hypocritical moves of PML N over PM’s conviction

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  • imran
    Apr 29, 2012 - 3:47PM

    it’s the wishes of the people of pakistan PM and not of PML(N) leader, but then what do you care

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  • afzaalkhan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Plz resign not as per anyone wishes but because ur a convict. Have some shame

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  • Hasan Awan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:12PM

    In my recent visit of my city which is situated in upper Punjab near Khushab region i was shocked to see that a joint candidate of PMLQ and PPP is in full action and people are supporting him and he is a definite candidate for winning the elections. So nothing is going to change in Pakistan except I can see the PPP government in Punjab as well in coming elections. I request people to stop whining as you will vote same parties on election day and then will whine for next five years that why the government is not delivering at all. We deserve such types of leaders upon us as we have short term memory loss combined with long term amnesia against all corrupt parties weather they are PPP or PMLN, PMLQ, ANP or MQM.

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  • Prosperous Pakistan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:15PM

    LEAVE BLAMING OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!
    Everyone has the right to criticize the other in a democratic society. By the grace of Allah Almighty, our country has a large number of natural resources .Proper usage of these resources will result INSHA-ALLAH in the prosperity of our beloved country Pakistan.But unfortunately ,Instead of bringing these resources to their proper usage, we are continuosly wasting them.
    But for God sake don’t make fun of Gilani uncle, as he comes from Syed family.

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  • Logic Europe
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:26PM

    people of Pakistan ,just vote for Imran khan,THE ONLY CHOICE

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  • Khalid Mahmood
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:29PM

    As per Gilani no PPP premier would write letter to Swiss courts to reopen corruption case against Zardari, so PPP might drive the Supreme Court of Pakistan to ask for implementation from the armed forces or even allow a takeover by them to facilitate the process thus possibly revisiting the doctrine of necessity. Even otherwise the chaos that the PPP is creating could lead to takeover by the Army. Nawaz himself should share the blame for keeping PPP in power since PML-N has supported the Government in all substantive matters in the past, including the passage of the 20th Constitutional Amendment!

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  • butt jee
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Please don’t worry about Nawaz, the people will take care of him. How about leaving your job which you are holding illegally.

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  • Logic Europe
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:31PM

    get imran khan

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  • Dr.X
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:33PM

    This PM is getting bolder by the day…. time to bring him down!

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  • Qaisrani
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:55PM

    bravo Mr prim miniter.D’not resign.Your prim ministership is more impoartant for Saraiki province.Once you are gone,South Punjab will again be put in backwardness by “Takht e Lahore”.

    NS should have quit politics when then had attacked supreme court physically..You are fighting this war on constitutional grounds,we are OK with you.

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  • ishrat salim
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Hasan Awan..u r right on spot…..it has become part of our culture to elect the most corrupt people & then expect them to deliver…Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 29, 2012 - 5:45PM

    @Qaisrani:
    Nawaz Sharif should have resigned from the politics when he fled the country with 40 suitcases after a deal with a dictator, leaving behind his comrades. If you have a military background, you know what this means.

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  • Khalid Mahmood
    Apr 29, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @ Prosperous Pakistan
    Reference your comment: “But for God sake don’t make fun of Gilani uncle, as he comes from Syed family.”
    If Syeds cannot live up to the highest moral standards that behooves them then they should not declare themselves but hide their Syed identity for they should not tarnish the image of Syeds who do live up to the standard of a Syed. Genealogy itself is no guarantee of righteousness.

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  • masuma
    Apr 29, 2012 - 6:20PM

    @imran:
    How do you know that it is the wishes of people that PM shall resign.

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  • masuma
    Apr 29, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Hello,
    How do know that the peoples of Pakistan wishes that PM shall resign.

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  • Nasir Iqbal
    Apr 29, 2012 - 7:10PM

    its not only PML N want you to resign you but all Pakistan want that you have no moral and legal grounds to stay in PM office, please resign why you are destroying out country?? Check what is happening in lyari??Recommend

  • Omair
    Apr 29, 2012 - 7:36PM

    Haven’t the people elected the political party that now rules..so technically the government is answerable to the people and the judiciary….but like its been said before…..does the government really care?

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  • saqibtahir
    Apr 29, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @imran: Wishes of people are reflected by the election results not the biased media propaganda. By election results tell that PPP vote bank is not only intact but it is strengthened by recent court decision and conspiracies by the establishment. I bet in next election PPP will emerge as single largest party. Right wing vote in urban Punjab will be split three ways between Imran, Sharifs and Mullas.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Apr 29, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Since court has given a token sentence to PM I think on moral grounds he should have submitted his resignation and President or head of the party should have rejected it. This would have been a tokenism and symbolic to show humility and respect for the constitution. As a head of the state PM does takes an oath to protect the constituion of the country. This is called institution building and it is more important for a party whos slogan is democracy is the best revenge. You can silent PML(N) by having goods on them but it is not helpful in creating respect for the post and not the person who is occupying it.

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  • saqibtahir
    Apr 29, 2012 - 9:42PM

    @Khalid Mahmood: Supreme Court is already delivering decisions that are political and violative of the constitution. A direct military takeover with support from judges (as all previous coups) is better than the current behind the curtain coup.

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  • Khalid Mahmood
    Apr 29, 2012 - 10:38PM

    @Saqibtahir On the contrary the Supreme Court has shown much sagacity and leniency to save the country from turmoil. It is the affected party that is agitating to avoid justice. And, that is not democracy. In true democracies, office holders in similar situation resign without much fuss. If other than the Supreme Court arrogate to themselves the right to decide what violates the Constitution and whether judgements rendered by the apex court are politically motivated then who can be the judge: neither you, nor me.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Apr 29, 2012 - 10:44PM

    Mr. Gillani……..You already have enough in your plate & have also created confusion worst confounded.Go when the going is good, don’t be so contumacious, or else face the imminent consequences.Are you so myopic that you can not see written on the wall .

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  • Awais
    Apr 30, 2012 - 4:50AM

    Have some shame “Syed” Gilani? You are a convict, your sons are accused of fraud & illegal drug trafficking. Enough for a shameful person to take a dip in “Chullu bhar pani”.

    Shame on you Convict!

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  • AB
    Apr 30, 2012 - 4:53AM

    @saqibtahir:

    I agree – No doubt it is the left-wingers that have taken the country to this level. Loot and loot and loot…

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  • m.b.f.h
    May 2, 2012 - 8:14PM

    Punjab would have been having a Field Day only if NS had not returned from exile. No wonder no one went to receive him at the airport. Punjab is loosing big time with all the money coming in but not being used in PMLn constituencies. Nawaz could have run his favorite Court Battles from where he was.
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