PPP decides to give considered, appropriate response to PM's conviction

Published: April 26, 2012
A meeting of the senior leadership of the Party was held in the Presidency. PHOTO: PID

A meeting of the senior leadership of the Party was held in the Presidency. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Thursday said it will respond to the challenge of its Prime Minister being convicted with a robust, considered and appropriate response with political maturity and wisdom in accordance with the Constitution of the country.

A meeting of the senior leadership of the Party was held in the Presidency to consider the situation arising out of the Supreme Court verdict in the case against the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani

The meeting jointly presided over by the President and the Prime Minister and was attended among others by Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Rana M. Farooq Saeed Khan, Federal Minister for Defence Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Federal Minister for Information Technology Raja Perviaz Ashraf, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Senator Farooq H. Naek, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah, Makhdoom Shahab-ud-Din, Federal Minister for Power Naveed Qamar, Senator Jahangir Badar, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Rukhsana Bangash, Fouzia Wahab, Mehreen Anwar Raja, Fouzia Habib and the Presidential spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that at the outset the Defence Council consisting Aitzaz Ahsan briefed the meeting on the short order issued by the Supreme Court today.

After discussing the short order the meeting expressed dismay that an elected Prime Minister of the country had been sentenced for upholding the Constitution and supremacy of the Parliament.

It also noted with disappointment that while no dictator had been punished for suspension and abrogation of the Constitution, a democratically and unanimously elected Prime Minister has been sentenced for upholding the Constitution.

It expressed concern over attempts to dismiss an elected government and an elected Prime Minister, he said.

The meeting expressed complete solidarity with the Prime Minister and declared that Yousaf Raza Gilani was the elected Prime Minister of the country and could be removed only in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Constitution for the removal of a Prime Minister.

The meeting congratulated the Prime Minister for standing up with dignity, grace and courage for defending the Constitution and upholding the supremacy of the Constitution.

The meeting expressed resolve of the Party that it will not be deterred from continuing its struggle for upholding the Constitution, the Parliament and the rule of law.

After careful deliberations the meeting decided to give a robust, considered and appropriate response to the new challenges with great political maturity and wisdom on the one hand and firmness on the other and employing all democratic and constitutional means available.

Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting placed on record its appreciation for the defence council Aitzaz Ahsan and his team for the spirited and competent defence of the Prime Minister in the Supreme Court.

It called upon the defence team to study the full order of the Court as and when it becomes available and give its considered opinion on whether and when to file an appeal against the verdict.

The meeting appreciated and thanked the allied parties in the coalition government for showing solidarity with the Prime Minister and signaling the unity of political forces.

Farhatullah Babar said that earlier a meeting was also held with coalition partners. The meeting presided over by President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was attended by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Ch. Pervaz Ilahi, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghouri, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Haji Khuda Baksh Rajar, Munir Khan Orakzai, Senator Abbas Khan Afridi, Syed Khursheed Shah, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar and Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar.

The meeting of the coalition partners congratulated the Prime Minister over his stance in defending the Constitution and expressed complete solidarity with and support to the Prime Minister.

The President thanked the coalition partners for their support to strengthen the political system and standing behind the Prime Minister in upholding the Constitution. The President appreciated the stance of the coalition partners to uphold the rule of law instead of seeking political power.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Shoaib
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:35PM

    I hope Imran Khan will become real Pakhtoon and will support PPP and Gailani rather than Nawaz and Punjab and i hope he will put up a good fight in Punjab to end PMLN rule. United we stand and we will end domination of one region from upon us. All coalition partners should support Imran Khan againt Nawaz in Upper Punjab in coming elections.


  • Abdul Moiz
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:41PM

    They’ve already been given a response and it’s a saddening response.Instead of discussing the
    merits of the case they’ve been using racist language to ridicule the judiciary. For the last many days the narrative by ppp has been one of playing the role of the bichara victim, they are repeatedly saying that we are the victims. So,the public should forget about all the massive corruption and mehangai done by the govt?
    Are our people still so irrational that they succumb to the propaganda being dished out. How many times before we’ve already seen this acting of siyasi shaheeds. Enough with exploitation of people’s emotions on the basis of ethnicity.The way the ppp has given this a racist angle is tragic for our country.


  • Haris
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:43PM

    PPP’s strategy should be simple from now on, Internal Sindh is in their hands, South Punjab is in their hands, MQM is a coalition partner and Karachi is theirs. ANP will win from KPK and again a coalition and PPP and local parties will win from Balochistan and the only hick up is Parts of Punjab other than South. If PPP will win from there then in Punjab in future they will have their government and Takhte Lahore will belong to PPP as well. Imran Khan support in regions where there is No PPP is a better option for PPP as obviously he will win some seats in Punjab and as a result a weaker opposition and a stronger PPP in the coming future. If the language card could be played in more regions then Ethnic hatred will win seats for PPP from more regions of Punjab. So far Ethnic hatred is bringing fruits and PPP in future will use these cards to win from many Parts of Punjab and ultimately they will have their government in future as well.


  • Hairaan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:47PM

    After discussing the short order the meeting expressed dismay that an elected Prime Minister of the country had been sentenced for upholding the Constitution and supremacy of the Parliament.

    No sir. He has been sentenced for creating obstacles in bring the looted money back to Pakistan. Pakistanis are not fool.


  • zeeshan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:49PM

    They congratulated him for his stance!!! It shud be they congratulated him for keeping the corruption goin on in full flow


  • Zafar Sadiq
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:50PM

    So, the lesson of this entire sorry episode is ,whenever a person’s corruption is caught,always play the Sindh card and the media will hail you as a victim,as a persecuted hero.


  • Hairaan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:51PM

    The meeting presided over by President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was attended by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Ch. Pervaz Ilahi, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghouri,…

    Congratulations to the party of the middle class educated people for supporting the looters, plunderers and feuds.


  • Danish Soomro
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:56PM

    The real winner in this entire episode has been the Sindh card, masterfully played by the PPP once again.The PPP outplayed everyone once again and have gained the sympathies of the people of interior sindh and South punjab.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:13AM

    The rightwing oppenents of the secular coalition govt fully understand taht there is no way they can defeat the present govt in coming elections. Hence the need to use non-election route and overthrow them via backdoor as usual with the help of mullah/military/judiciary alliance. However, the next election results are not going to be any different and Sharif’s party is only a regional party in upper Punjab. There is no Sind card because PPP is equally popular in sout Punjab and areas of GB. It is the other parties which are regional and not national. When the juducial history would be written the names of Munir, Nasim Shah and PCO judges woulc be lumped together.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Is there any personal enmity between the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani? NO.

    The convicted Prime Minister has all the right to file an appear in the Supreme Court. It is the prerogative of the Supreme Court to consider and review the appeal and then give judgement on the appeal.

    If the Supreme Court will reject the appeal then what will PM do?

    Is he going to step down, or will continue to work as convicted Prime Minister, the precedent of which is not available in the entire world.

    Pakistan will be the first country in the world where a convicted Prime Minister will continue to work in the office.

    It is shameful episode and very embarrassing for the entire Pakistani nation.

    Heads should roll as how PPP can complete its tenure with honour and dignity.


  • Rasheed
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:56AM

    Corruption is at peak!
    Even PPP, own parliamentarians admit on live TV of on going corruption…
    Pakistan wants no more “Ghunda Raj” and Corruption.

    small group of people in Sindh and Multan cannot dictate the future of Pakistan by burning tires.

    Give swiss access, let the world know the Truth.

    Finally there is bleak hope for Pakistan and for most of its uneducated people.

    Only one hope for Pakistan: Imran Khan!!!

    MQM, supporting the corrupts!!! disappointed, I thought they have interest in Pakistan.
    Looks like they have more interest in maintaining the power rather then serving Pakistan.
    Shame on MQM!!!


  • Logic Europe
    Apr 27, 2012 - 2:10AM

    a dignified response by the government
    zardari is winner winner
    gilani the brave heart
    the picture of grace,the only corrupt are Sharifs and some judges


  • Apr 27, 2012 - 2:58AM

    Peoples party had planned in advance to take advantage of the supreme court verdict in Gillanis case, regardless of its outcome. Had Gillani been exonerated in the contempt case, it would have been an outstanding victory for the peoples party. Had Gillani been convicted, they would play martyrdom and get the sympathy vote. Peoples party’s vote Bank is almost intact, courtesy to linguistic politics played in Sindh, MQM for their survival are bound to support the PPP. South Punjab vote is for PPP, courtesy of a Seraiki province. The blame game going on has done extreme harm to Pakistan. What an unfortunate situation that those who have defrauded this country are hailed as our heroes.Recommend

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