Either I will be martyred or return as a victor: Gilani

Published: February 19, 2012
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Premier Gilani refuses to give any statement regarding contempt charges against him, says only his lawyer can answer. PHOTO: REUTERS

Premier Gilani refuses to give any statement regarding contempt charges against him, says only his lawyer can answer. PHOTO: REUTERS

PIR JO GOTH: The embattled premier while refusing to give any statement regarding the contempt charges framed against him said, “either I will be martyred or return as a victor.”

While speaking to journalists in Pir Jo Goth on Sunday, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said metaphorically, “Those who embrace martyrdom are lucky, and as for now, I don’t know what will happen.”

“Only my lawyer can answer this” was Gilani’s recurring statement when journalists asked him about his stance on the contempt case.

‘MFN is a misunderstood abbreviation’

The prime minister said that people misunderstand the abbreviation of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) as “most favourite nation.”

He said that the status of MFN to India was granted by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at the time of the inception of Pakistan.

“Granting a country MFN status does not mean that that country becomes the most favourite country,” said Gilani. “National interest should be supreme. Look at China, despite its disputes with India, the current trade between the two countries stand at Rs100 billion.”

“By MFN we mean that the cabinet gives permission to the ministry of commerce to hold talks with its Indian counterpart in order to strike a trade balance,” he said. He added that during his premiership, trade worth Rs15 billion was conducted with India.

Balochistan crisis

The prime minister said that three days back, he had announced the summoning of an All Pakistan Conference (APC) in order to discuss the United States’ Congressional session on Balochistan.

“I have come to Sindh and met with the provincial chief minister here,” he said. “Negotiations with the leadership should be done and then we will summon the APC in order to devise a solution based on collective wisdom.”

‘Will support Afghan-led negotiations with Taliban’

Speaking about the Pakistan-held trilateral summit on regional security, the premier said that the issue of holding negotiations will be an Afghanistan’s initiative and Pakistan will only facilitate the talks.

“I had a detailed discussion with the Afghan President Hamid Karzai about this and I assured him that Pakistan is ready to support negotiations that are Afghan-led.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • shakil khan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:35PM

    is martyr the new word for corruption?

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  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd)
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Ignominious Incorrigible. .

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  • Omar
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Dear PM, please dont insult the word “martyr”** Recommend

  • Sheraz
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:44PM

    If martyrdom means getting kicked on your butt for supporting and leading the most corrupt governments in decades, then oh yes you need a martyrdom.

    P.S. We will NOT let you run away to the U.S!

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  • Bosch
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Gilani and his lawyer Aitizaz remind one of a quotation by Marcus Tullius Cicero (a lawyer and philosopher and one of Rome’s greatest orators who lived before the birth of Jesus Christ):
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    “The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness.”

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  • Dr Khan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:37PM

    “Gilani aj bhi zinda ay, Gilani kal bhi zinda hay!”…FAIL.

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  • K. Salim Jahangir
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @Sheraz…..Even America has no place for him or for those of his ilk.How shameless these so called politicians are ! In these columns, some time back, i had commented that even SCP is on trial because the entire nation is watching them.All those cases pertaining to corruption etc.etc. of this administration lying before the honorable SCP must reach their logical end or else we will lose faith in justice & fair play!! In any case the nation will not let these plunderers run away unpunished.

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  • Torrent
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:50PM

    In the land of the pure, everyone is a martyr!

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  • butt jee
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:54PM

    In this country every Tom, Dick and harry, irrespective of his criminal past, is a martyr. So the word MARTYR has lost its meanings and value both.

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  • Qaiser k. Ahmed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:22PM

    “either I will be martyred or return as a victor.”

    Do not get carried away in your own rhetoric. The royal court of days gone by also had a court jester, to keep the king and his courtiers amused. You Sir, is that person. You are the court jester.

    History will record you as such. Not as the longest serving PM(as you claim), but the one who gave the nation most laughs. The whole world is laughing at your antics.

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  • Ben
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Martyr is the one who is killed by the enemy, kafirs in a holy war. Who is the kafir enemy and what is the holy cause he is fighting for. This man seems to have lost his senses.

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  • Enlightened
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:58PM

    For me you will be neither. You will be a loser who wasted an opportunity to serve the nation instead you opted to serve a corrupt leader. You will be brought down because you did not write letter to bring back the illegal money…Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Pakistan is a strange country. You defy the rulings of the SC, get convicted and you think you can become a martyr. No Mr PM, you are a criminal in the eyes of the court AND the public at large.Recommend

  • Asad Ali
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:13PM

    POLITICAL MARTYR? Are you kidding me? I can’t believe this person has the audacity to consider himself a martyr. I mean does he not realize what reality is? This government has increased the government debts to unattainable levels! All public sectors have been destroyed. You have MBAs and BBAs from reputable universities sitting at home without work. Yes Mr. PM you are right about the word martyr though, in fact each and every soul that commits suicide because they are unemployed or struck hard by poverty are the ACTUAL MARTYRS. May Allah bless us with a leader who can wake us all up. Ameen.

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 9:25PM

    @Anonymous: I heard justice is blind.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:35PM

    You can call yourself what you like buts what others call you that matters.

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  • the patriot
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:08AM

    SC has become a dictator…Why only democracy and politicians be blamed for all the evils.?what about judges and generals…?

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  • Hamid
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:12AM

    Please dont use the word Martyr alongwith corruption!

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  • Honest Observer
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @shakil khan:
    LOL………WOW….LOVED IT.

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  • Strigon
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Martyr is a word now mis-used by people for self pity these days.Recommend

  • Amjad
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:49AM

    The mother of all evils is aabpara i dustry. Atleast this PM had courage to speak against it, bravo bravo PM

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  • Tariq
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:24AM

    Gilani has thrashed the decency of ‘true martyrs’ ! He also mocks all of you at the same time.

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  • Uzair Javaid
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:15AM

    Man, this guy and whole the PPP is a bunch of wannabes and people living in their fallacies.

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  • ToddA
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:43AM

    If I know that the Swiss Banks contain the US Aid money meant for Pakistan’s Poor, How can the rest of the Pakistani People not know, and how much was Paid to the Taliban,

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  • Disco
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:58AM

    @Bosch:
    Nice comment. I can tell no Indians have flocked to this story because of the standard and quality of comments.

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  • Syed Imran
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:28AM

    Sorry PM, your cause is too immoral to die for.. Improve your standards for martrydom

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:46AM

    It seems and proves that martyrdom is only the inheritance of PPP or Bhutto’s family doesn’t matter how they are died or how they are exiled or how they are punished!!!!!
    In fact PPP’s leaders have changed the philosophy of martyrdom and have made the meanings of martyrdom according to their own desires,wishes and wills.Mr. PM Gillani please keep it in your mind firmly and strongly and never forget that you are not fighting on the border against the enemies of Islam and muslims.You are camouflaging true and real democracy by using such these tactics.Recommend

  • O B Server
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:10AM

    Yousaf Raza Giyani is talking about martyrdom.
    Has the PM signed up for jehad in Afghanistan or Iran during the trilateral conference?

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  • The Flying Object
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:25PM

    U serious PM! Hahahahahahahahahah…

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 21, 2012 - 9:22AM

    @Bosch:
    You are absolutely and precisely 1000% right.I agree with you fully.Our leaders are trying their best and utmost as you have said in your comment and have succeeded to a great degree “The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness”.

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  • Citizen
    Feb 21, 2012 - 11:36AM

    what a joke ! a LAME joke .

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Feb 21, 2012 - 3:12PM

    Such a sacred word martyr..PM please say “Either I will be fired or jailed”.

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  • butt jee
    Feb 22, 2012 - 10:52PM

    No good to be a shameful martyr.

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  • Hassan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:42PM

    i don t think so…..and i not like him…Recommend

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