LAHORE: Asking the army to provide security to Mansoor Ijaz as if he is some head of the state or someone more important than the American president is all “rubbish”, said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday.
Speaking to the media outside Arfa Karim’s residence in Lahore, Gilani said that the government will have to spend billions of rupees in order to arrange for the army for Ijaz’s security. “It seems as if a viceroy is coming over,” he said.
He added that Ijaz is not just insincere to Pakistan but is also insincere to himself, and it is against the law and the Constitution to give him such protocol.
“The impression the country is giving the world that a man whose credibility is questionable has shaken up the whole country is a dangerous message,” the premier added.
The past record of Ijaz indicates that he has always spewed venom against the establishment and the government of Pakistan, he added.
When asked whether Ijaz will be put on the Exit Control List on his return, Gilani remarked that Ijaz is a foreigner and not a Pakistani. “The matter is sub-judice in the judicial commission and the parliamentary committee. Let them decide on the matter.”
Gilani added: “Under the rules of business, under the Constitution and under the system, it is the duty of the Ministry of Interior to provide him [Ijaz] with security.”
Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan
The prime minister sought to quell rumours that Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, who is representing Gilani in the contempt proceedings, had asked Gilani not to accept former law minister Babar Awan as part of his cabinet. “Aitzaz never asked me to not include Awan. The PPP will decide on its future course vis-a-vis Awan and I will accept what the party decides,” the PM said.
Gilani said that those who are threatening to besiege Parliament House if Nato supply routes are reopened should first read the recommendation of the parliamentary committee formed to make the decision on restoration of supplies. “Neither did the government ask them [the opposition forces] before suspension nor will it seek their permission before resumption of supplies.”
Letter to Swiss courts
In a surprise change of stance, Gilani said refused to talk about whether the government will write to Swiss authorities. “The matter is subjudice and everyone, including the media and party members, should refrain from discussion on it,” he said, in an about turn from his earlier statements where he clearly said that he will respect the court’s ruling.
Dodging question on why former US ambassador Husain Haqqani was living in the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, the premier turned on the media, saying Haqqani was innocent but had to resign to pacify the media.
As speculations abound that the government is considering calling for early elections, the prime minister said snap polls are not a solution for Pakistan’s problems. He said that the opposition’s strategy was to embarrass the government but swiftly pointed out that there had been no political prisoners during the current government’s rule.
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Dear Mr. Yusuf Gilani , I agree with you that he is an ordinary citizen and should be treated as such. Kindly do not forget that every citizen is an ordinary citizen or in your statement your assumption is that Peers are superbeings or being elected as Prime Minister has made you non-ordinary ? You do try to get the medal of restoration of democracy but I am not sure if you got the difference between democracy or monarchy correclty ???
Mansoor Ijaz is certainly not worth the attention he is getting.. He is not the next President or is he Pakistan;s Messiah/
@Kashif Alvi: kashu, exactly................ plus Blackberry record does not lie. Forget about who & how he is. We are talking about electronic evidence that would speak for itself.
PPP and its entire following has put Party before the Country.
Look who is talking?
@Noushervan Malik: Yes ! you are very right, but sadly this is Pakistan ! After all it is the people of the Country, who are responsible for giving them the mandate to rule, which is even more sadder !
salute to our courts who is listening to a person who is sitting in another subcontinent but they cannot hear the voice of those poor peoples who really deserve this...
Well Mr PM, I recall that you were not capable of providing security to two of your own Ministers! So now on what basis can you make any remark in relation to Security for an VIP Foreign National, who is about to open an pandora's box about the dealings within Pakistan's ruling elite???
PM is right. Why go mad for this guy.
There should be limit to degrading Pakistan
Why should the PM say anything otherwise. His first loyalty is to the Party and next to his Boss, the Constitution comes last and Judicial orders has little or no impact in practice
@Observer: : ))))))))
Mansoor Ijaz is preparing to come to Pakistan. Shahbaz Sharif is in London. Now, Nawaz Sharif has rushed to London. This is very significant.
Ridiculous! Public Money to go for some more waste!
Yea the only people to provide security for are the PPP leaders.
In Watergate (memogate is based on this scandal) deep throat told Bob Woodword follow the money. Government with all its resources should follow the money trail and the whole memogate will unravel. I suppose after Saleem Shazad was murdered no journalist is willing to take up the investigative journalism. Where is a equivalent of Bob Woodworth in Pakistan?
PM is so much worry about this case ... This shows Gillani is trying to hide the truth
plus Witness protection is Government responsibility , but Government is busy in saving and clearing his mistakes
Trillions are spent on security of PM Gilani, President Zardari and Interior Minister Rehman Malik. But billions will not be spent on providing security to Mansoor Ijaz who knows the names of real enemies of Pakistan. PM Gilani often says: "We will do everything in the best interest of the nation". Do it Mr. Prime Minister, Just do it!!! M. [email protected] Zakaria Karachi.
Bow even to an ordinary citizen from America he is our lord ,we r his slave.It is our mentality.
Look .. who is talking about laws , constitution and policies. :)
Mr. Prime Minister, was it not your Interior minister who said Mr. Ijaz would be provided with fool proof security?
Billions are already spent Mr. Prime Minister on your 100 car motorcade. Please stop trying to make a fool of us awam of Pakistan. Mansoor bhai will be here for very few days and the cost will be much less than your security sir. And if the money is such a problem, I am sure the Army will do it for free:)
By the way, evidence of your motorcade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rWM7v8Oxuo
Boss military is giving him security bcos he is expected to say some thing which will be against GOVT. So if Govt provides him security , he may be attacked . Moreover military wants to topple govt so want someone who can make a very strong case against govt , so that military can take over.
I welcome whole heartedly the statement He is just an ordinary American and shuld be treated like that. What I can't understand why the media has made him a super human.
I not any side but as a neutral person i support that at least this man should not be escorted by Military vehicles from the airport upon his arrival, he talked, wrote and propagated a lot about our ISI and Army.
But don't know why my sixth sense keeps telling me that this man won't come
If Mansoor Ijas is true in his allegations that he has written a memo on the request of Hussain Haqqani and HH did the same on the request of Zardari, then there are 3 players in the conspiracy. However, I cannot digest that the man who is involved in the conspiracy against Pakistan is given Army Battalion Security. This is how one should treat a traitor to Pakistan, ie Mansoor Ijaz. The man is murky and so the memo is murky.
Wonderful Mr. Prime Minister. That is the right position. I salute for the clarity on the issue.