Payback: PM compensates ‘betrayed’ Senate nominee

Published: March 13, 2012
Aslam Gill, who lost recent Senate polls in Punjab, has been made ‘special assistant’. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Aslam Gill, who lost recent Senate polls in Punjab, has been made ‘special assistant’. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE


Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday announced appointment of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) nominee for a Senate seat from Punjab Aslam Gill as his ‘special assistant’ with the status of a federal minister.

While addressing a public gathering in Mirpur, the premier mentioned Gill’s defeat in the recent election for the upper house of parliament and announced his appointment as his adviser. Gilani said that some of PPP’s lawmakers had cheated Gill. “The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) knows how to honour its supporters. We’re investigating who betrayed the party,” he added.

In his other engagements during his second visit to the state in quick succession, Prime Minister Gilani unveiled plans of building an international airport in Mirpur city and laid the foundation stones of two mega projects in AJK – one a university, the other a bridge.

He announced that Mirpur would soon be air-linked with the rest of the world through the establishment of an international airport in the city. He revealed that the funds required for the construction of the proposed airport would be earmarked in the coming fiscal year’s national budget.

Pledging to extend full moral, political and diplomatic support to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the prime minister said that Pakistan would continue to support Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination.

“Pakistan is taking keen interest for the speedy progress and prosperity in AJK,” he said.

Underlining the priorities of his government for the development of all sectors of the country, including AJK, Premier Gilani said that his party intended to resolve all problems, including load shedding in the region. He said that the Mangla dam project, which he had recently inaugurated, would help bring about an economic revolution in the country besides overcoming the issue of load-shedding in the country.

Meanwhile, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Monday declared that Pakistan was the ultimate destination of the people of AJK.

“Kashmiris are firmly with Pakistan,” he said while addressing the public meeting. “Kashmiris are highly thankful of the 180 million people, the government of Pakistan and the political parties for their just and principled stance on the Kashmir issue.”

Majeed also extended his gratitude to the government of Pakistan for extending liberal financial assistance for the execution of two mega projects which, he added, will open new avenues of economic progress and prosperity for AJK.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Jamshed
    Mar 13, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Sab Mil Kay Bolo Jiye Bhutto .. :) indeed Democracy is the best revenge .. (From the peoples of Pakistan)


  • Sadia
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:09AM

    “The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) knows how to honour its supporters.” So what about Dr. Israr Shah???


  • Sajjad
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Payback on tax payers money………what a shame


  • Wired
    Mar 13, 2012 - 11:22AM

    wah ji wah keep plundering the country to appease your near and dear ones. :(


  • Khalid Javed
    Mar 13, 2012 - 11:31AM

    Appointing an aggrieved person as an advisor is a blatant, unabashed political bribery. He will paid not from PM’s personal pocket, they treat national exchequer as their father’s money!!!!!!!! Disgusting.


  • Muhammad Kashif
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:14PM

    PM Gilani Zindabad, Dr. Manmohan Singh with GDP growth in India of more than 8% p.a Murda baad,


  • La La jee
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:30PM

    I wish to be special Assistant ??

    What I need to do ??????


  • Asad
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Honouring PPP supporters at the cost of tax payers? So sad. Shameful.Recommend

  • Karim
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:04PM

    He announced that Mirpur would soon be air-linked with the rest of the world through the establishment of an international airport in the city

    The way PM announced granting international airports status to Gilgit and Skardu during his electioneering campaign. But after the lapse of four years nothing concrete is available on ground and is merely a false promise so far.


  • Noble Tufail
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:12PM

    why on earth Mr.Prime Minister a special assisstant position should be funded for you ????


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Aslam Gill deserved it


  • Imran
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:23PM

    The bubble of Imran Khan’s Tsunami has popped! Like what Ch. Shujaat said it was a Zoonami!
    Now his supporters can’t get over with it.


  • Anoni
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Stop wasting our money to appease you dear ones.


  • Maryam
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Aslam Gill is a true worker and represents the poor class in Pakistan Peoples Party. supporting him is like the supporting the poor people. great step.


  • paracha
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:53PM

    It really bad to make a defeated man the special assistant of prime will also make fun with Pakistan as others are doing. so shame………….
    This story will end very soon because the people of Pakistan want to get rid these kind of people. this kind of Prime Minster really the bad omen for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Mar 13, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Who will compensate the betrayed people of Pakistan.


  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Mar 13, 2012 - 7:16PM

    @Maryam: it’s all about compensation. no body in politics represent people of Pakistan. Stop supporting idiots. How about compensating people of Pakistan with prosperous development plans? education? medical facilities? It is shameful to see people supporting these

    PPP are famous for compensating their party workers and ministers with wealth whether they cheat, commit crime or do anything that would hurt the nation. Of course they are working on an agenda put forward by the Great Zulfiqar and Great Bibi.


  • Rizwan
    Mar 13, 2012 - 9:15PM

    Absolutely, these are looters and have never thought abt the people of Pakistan. This nation is blessed with all the resources but these HIGHLY CORRUPTED people are filling their pockets and of their near and dear ones. May Allah give them wisdom!!!!!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:05PM

    If anything is dishonourable this certainly is.


  • Zafar
    Mar 14, 2012 - 6:43AM

    Those ‘lotas’ who did not vote for Aslam Gil should be shamed of themselves. Good job mr Gilani.


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