All’s well that unfolds well: Gilani, Bilawal meet allies, shore up support for PPP

Published: December 10, 2011
PM Gilani and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari presided over a coalition leaders' meeting. PHOTO: NNI

PM Gilani and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari presided over a coalition leaders' meeting. PHOTO: NNI


The premier and the ruling party’s chairman donned the firefighting costume on Friday and attempted to put out the blazing rumours surrounding President Asif Ali Zardari’s illness.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held separate meetings with the ruling party’s allies to seek reiteration of loyalty to the fragile administration in the event of any ‘serious challenge’ to their rule. Visitors to the prime minister secretariat on Friday included Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) top leaders and a group of parliamentarians from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), both government allies at the centre.

Bilawal’s presence at both meetings was purposeful – the government hoped to show that all is well and under control. According to officials privy to the meetings, both groups assured Gilani and Bilawal that they would back the government against all odds.

PML-Q’s support

With more than 30 members in the National Assembly, the PML-Q’s support is a lifeline for the government. The visit of party’s President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, and his cousin Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, was therefore highly symbolic.

“We have supported the government and President Zardari through thick and thin in the past and will continue to do that,” a PML-Q statement quoted the party leaders as telling the premier.

Later, parliamentarians from the tribal areas, led by MNA Munir Orakzai, met the PPP leaders and assured them of their “full support to the government, come what may,” said an official statement.

Munir himself also confirmed to The Express Tribune that their support was sought, and assured, during the meeting.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ali
    Dec 10, 2011 - 7:11AM

    Bilawal your too young to be acting this old.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Dec 10, 2011 - 11:15AM

    May God protect Pakistan from incompetent, corrupt, and greedy “leaders”…
    May God grant wisdom to Pakistanis to elect the competent and sincere leaders.


  • Ahmad
    Dec 10, 2011 - 11:16AM

    May God protect Pakistan from dynasties..


  • Javed
    Dec 10, 2011 - 1:56PM

    @Ahmad: May God also protect us from religious fanatics both overt and covert?


  • Ahmad
    Dec 10, 2011 - 3:21PM



  • BKG
    Dec 11, 2011 - 4:09AM

    Bilawal should meet Rahul Gandhi. Both of them are the future of their respective countries.


  • amjad cheema
    Dec 11, 2011 - 6:50AM

    Let the people of Pakistan decide who they want.
    Bilawal was the only couragious voice when Salman Taseer was assacinated.
    Stop fascism!


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