Ashraf, Gilani revert to Presidency to resolve discord

Published: October 11, 2012
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Gilani has been disgruntled over recent events including writing the letter to Swiss authorities. PHOTO: FILE

Gilani has been disgruntled over recent events including writing the letter to Swiss authorities. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: A high profile meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari, incumbent prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani is underway in the presidency, Express News reported early Thursday morning.

According to Express News Islamabad bureau chief Amir Ilyas Rana, the purpose for the meeting was to resolve a discord between the former and incumbent prime ministers.

Rana explained that a number of factors have become the subject of discontent for Gilani including Ashraf’s decision to write the letter to Swiss authorities. The letter had cost Gilani his premiership and put him in a cul de sac where he was debarred from participating in elections for five years.

The bureau chief added that other concerns for Gilani included arrest of his son Musa Gilani and discontinuation of a number of projects which Gilani had initiated as prime minister.

Rana said that the PPP still needs Gilani, even though he cannot partake in elections. He said that the ruling party would need the services of their former premier to secure votes in the Seraiki belt in the upcoming general elections.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Gilani strongly rejected a news report that the senior vice chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party was joining some other party. Terming the report published in a section of press as mischief, the spokesperson had said that Gilani’s commitment to the PPP and his ideology was unwavering.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Blithe
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Gilani is the most corrupt person in the seriki belt.
    He has been misleading and creating ethnic fissures
    to suit his politics.

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  • Fauzia Malik
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:51AM

    Mr. Gillani just please try to swallow it that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is prooving a better Prime minister than you who seems to be using his brain to solve the problems rather tha just following the dumb advices of his advisors. And so far no member of his family found involved in high profile corruption cases like your sons.

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  • naeem
    Oct 11, 2012 - 4:14AM

    Serves Gilani right.
    He will now learn that Zardari has no use for him and will treat him like a dirty cloth.

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  • Polpot
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:44AM

    “The letter had cost Gilani his premiership and put him in a cul de sac ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Gilani now looks like a clown, sadly an irrelevant clown.

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 9:49AM

    @Fauzia Malik: Well said and well taken. Mr. Gillani should inexcusably retire or better still hide himself in a hole until smoked out by the Supreme Court.
    His foolhardy disregard to earn billions has done more harm to the reputation of the country, PMs office and his party and family than any other PM could do. The result has been wasting our time on TV talk shows with billions pouring into the media channels; print and electronic, in advertisement revenues.
    Switching party allegiances is the norm in our country and carries not an iota of guilt or remorse.
    Mr. Zardari should eject him from the PPP and get someone else to look after the Seraiki belt.
    Salams

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  • Lala Gee
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:25AM

    “Terming the report published in a section of press as mischief, the spokesperson had said that Gilani’s commitment to the PPP and his ideology was unwavering.”

    Like his commitment were unwavering to Pakistan Muslim League and Zia in the past. Undoubtedly the most despised political figure in the country.

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  • Muzaffar
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:11PM

    hahaha status-quos……and still the fake liberals will support PPP

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