Memogate: PM Gilani issues ominous warning

Published: December 15, 2011
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" Is there any
difference between
NRO and plea-bargain?
Were agreements
signed under plea
bargain with the
looters not NRO?,"
PM Yousaf Raza Gilani. PHOTO: APP

" Is there any difference between NRO and plea-bargain? Were agreements signed under plea bargain with the looters not NRO?," PM Yousaf Raza Gilani. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Rocked by recurring controversies and scandals, the incumbent government has sent out a loud and clear message to both the opposition and the powerful security establishment.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday that moving the Supreme Court on the memogate issue was “a conspiracy against parliament.”

However, he said that parliament, media, civil society and world would not accept dictatorship. “We want democracy in the country,” he added.

“Parliament should complete its tenure, not the government, not the prime minister. We are not interested. We won’t mind even sitting on opposition benches, if there is an opposition,” he told the Senate in a fiery speech.

He said that after the emergence of the memogate he summoned then ambassador Husain Haqqani and sought his resignation in the presence of the president, army chief and director general of ISI, for a fair trial, and referred the matter to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.

“Then it (the memogate) was taken to the Supreme Court. I have no objection. But it is a conspiracy against parliament. The president, along with the National Assembly and the Senate, is part of parliament,” he added.

Premier Gilani regretted that memogate, which was scripted by Pakistani- American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, “a person with no credibility and having a background of even writing against the country’s important institutions and the establishment,” was being taken to the court to reach the person who got it scripted. You can guess what the motive is behind this,” he remarked.

“This is a conspiracy against parliament. What do they want to achieve, what do they want to prove?” Gilani asked rhetorically, and recalled that former prime minister HS Soharwardi had told his (Gilani’s) father that he was being pushed to the wall and it would lead to the dismemberment of the country and it happened when Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman took over the reins of the party.

In the past leaders like Maulana Maudoodi, Wali Khan and Nawab Akbar Bugti were called traitors, he said. “But now this practice should be shunned. God forbid if it is repeated, things can go wrong,” he warned.

Highlighting the importance of democracy for the country’s stability, the prime minister said that abiding by the constitution and law was a must for the country’s solidarity. “If the constitution is not followed, then there are many dangers.” Gilani said that he was the longest serving democratically elected prime minister and would not mind sitting in opposition benches, but Parliament should complete its term. The prime minister said leaders and workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party as well as the opposition had rendered sacrifices for democracy. He urged the parliamentarians to get together to support democracy. If the opposition does not like me, they can bring a no-confidence motion against me, he added.

Similarly, an impeachment motion can be introduced against the president but the rules of business should be followed.

No party enjoyed absolute majority in parliament, he said, but his government, in coalition with PML-Q, MQM, PML-F, Fata and independent lawmakers, has a two-thirds majority. “If I resign today, can you form a government?”

Gilani asked the opposition and warned if democracy was derailed, he did not see elections taking in his life.

He defended his government decision not to privatize ailing public sector entities. “Everything is not corruption, not mismanagement,” he remarked and added the governments with two-thirds majority were charged with corruption in the past and the coming government would also have to face such charges.

The prime minister regretted that dictators like Gen Ayub Khan, Gen Ziaul Haq and Gen Musharraf, who ruled the country for 10 years each, promised to end corruption but formed governments with the help of “corrupt people.”

He asked the lawmakers about the criteria of corruption. “What is the difference between NRO and plea-bargain. Were agreements signed under plea bargain with the looters and plunderers not NRO,” he questioned.

The prime minister said those political leaders, who got themselves cleared through plea-bargains, were made ministers, but the PPP leaders faced cases and did not compromise. “This House should seriously study this situation,” he said and added that the present government was being given deadlines since it came to power some four years back. Regarding the president’s health, he said that Asif Zardari was part of parliament and that every human could become sick. “We convinced the president to go abroad for a complete medical check-up as he had already faced life threats here,” he said.

He said the president even did not inquire after the health of his father at PIMS due to security reasons.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • naeem
    Dec 15, 2011 - 12:47AM

    These people are either masters of deciet and deception or a bunch of jokers.
    They come up with new excuses every day.
    As now Zardari says that his life was in danger if he went to Pakistani hospital then maybe that is the reason that he is also so scared that all his moneies are in overseas accounts.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 15, 2011 - 1:36AM

    Mansoor Ijaz has been writing articles against Pakistan, army and ISI for years. Was HH, Zardari and PPP forcing him to do that? Was MI paid by these people to spit venom against Pakistan? An open enemy of Pakistan and a rogue American has become the star witness of the rightwing forces in Islamic Pakistan and PCO SC. If Mansoor is so truthful what about his demands that ISI be labelled as terrorist organization?

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  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 15, 2011 - 2:41AM

    O Mr.President If you would have ever been concerned similarly about the security of other Pakistanis who lost their lives in deadly blasts, by drown attacks, by suicides, by hunger & many more… that would have been better for u…Every Pakistani would have prayed for ur health today..but I m sorry to say u were never concerned about us..!!

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  • Cautious
    Dec 15, 2011 - 5:52AM

    Anyone ever bother to ask the obvious question — who is threatening Zardari’s life?

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  • Observer
    Dec 15, 2011 - 5:58AM

    @Mirza:

    I think you are omitting a very serious possibility. That, Ijaz is an ISI double-agent who was spying for the ISI while acting as a CIA informant. For this role, Ijaz would have to gain the trust of the American establishment. What better way to construct a cover by bashing the ISI and Pakistani army? The Americans fell for this trap. To keep his cover intact, Ijaz would occasionally write an anti-Pak establishment article at the most opportune moment. In the Memogate issue, he wrote his FT article to reinforce his cover before his ISI assignment of bringing down Haqqani and Zardari. Very clever!

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  • kala_bacha
    Dec 15, 2011 - 6:01AM

    Mr. PM you should start looking for your old “guddi”. This kind of lies through your mouth does not suite you, so stop fooling around!

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  • chaudhary
    Dec 15, 2011 - 6:26AM

    PM should release the name of the person in conspiracy as he said addressing to senate.

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  • Hasan
    Dec 15, 2011 - 6:57AM

    “He said the president even did not inquire after the health of his father at PIMS due to security reasons.”
    This quote screams volumes about the President!

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  • simplemiss
    Dec 15, 2011 - 7:03AM

    Whatever may be its shortcomings, there is no alternative to democracy. In any mature democracy the military should take its orders from the political leadership. Unfortunately in Pakistan its happens the other way round and that has spoiled the chances of Pakistan to develop as the best democracy in the muslim world.

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  • Amazed
    Dec 15, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Cautious: You must be living in your cocoon as a thorough patriot, a Punjabi, of course with no security concerns whatsoever. But anyone from minority, be it religious or ethnic, has every worry in the world in this country, no matter what designation s/he has.

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  • Shyam
    Dec 15, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Then it (the memogate) was taken to the Supreme Court. I have no objection. But it is a conspiracy against parliament.

    If Gilani was of the opinion that this was a conspiracy against the parliament then why doesn’t he have objection to it?? He seems to be contradicting himself

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  • H
    Dec 15, 2011 - 9:36AM

    I agree with the PM. whenever a democratic govt comes all kinds of conspiracies are laid down and they are not allowed to work in peace. Please let the system work and let it flourish, that is the only way Pakistan can succeed.Recommend

  • Ping Pong
    Dec 15, 2011 - 9:37AM

    “If the constitution is not followed, then there are many dangers.” and if it was followed there are even more dangers…whats wrong in hearing of a case by supreme court, by the way?.

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  • nahmed
    Dec 15, 2011 - 9:44AM

    We don’t know what is democracy or what is dictatorship. We want someone care for the people and provide them their basic needs. No one should blame Imran Khan of being brought in by the agencies. He is the product of the bad governance. Now no one can stop him. Change can be seen round the corner.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Dec 15, 2011 - 10:01AM

    @Cautious:
    You cnnot be serious, are you? After so many top leaders of PPP have been brutally murdered and not a single murderer caught or hanged, why would anybody ask this question? nobody is safe in Pakistan.
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    MirzaRecommend

  • dar
    Dec 15, 2011 - 10:24AM

    Its very simple and easy for Gilani to prevent sky from fallng down, immidiarely seek a fresh mandate from th people.

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  • UMAIR
    Dec 15, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Mr Gillani said: ” if someone don’t want PPP in government then they should come throught he doors of law and constitution”

    Mr Gillani: Do you think Verdict of SC over NRO is beyond law and Constitution?

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  • Rehan Khan
    Dec 15, 2011 - 10:35AM

    Most, if not all, what PM has said is true.Recommend

  • Zamrud
    Dec 15, 2011 - 11:16AM

    Let the truth be exposed. Fair is Fair. Treason is not good for demoracy. Public needs to know the truth and feel safe. After all public needs security and livelihood.

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