The letter saga: I’m vindicated, says Gilani

Published: November 8, 2012
"Every institution should remain within its jurisdiction defined in the Constitution," says Gilani.

"Every institution should remain within its jurisdiction defined in the Constitution," says Gilani.


While the government confirmed it has sent a letter to the Swiss authorities in compliance with the apex court order, former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani said the move “vindicated” the stance that cost him his premiership.

“I always said that the president enjoys immunity at national and international level … today’s development vindicated my stance,” said Gilani, referring to the Vienna Convention and Article 248 of Pakistan’s Constitution.

“It’s good that the [apex] court has accepted my standpoint,” Gilani told journalists after attending a conference on Application of Iqbalian Vision in 21st Century on Wednesday.

Asked about the stance that cost him his premiership and parliamentary membership, Gilani said, “It was not a personal decision.”

About the recent statements by the army chief and the chief justice, the former premier said every institution should remain within its jurisdiction defined in the Constitution.

US and Afghanistan

During the conference, Gilani, quoting Allama Iqbal, said “Peace in Afghanistan is a must for peace in Asia.”

He added that Pakistan could facilitate stabilization of Afghanistan because it’s “part of the solution since the stability of both nations is interlinked.”

“If there is peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan is the beneficiary. If there is peace in Pakistan, Afghanistan would be the beneficiary.”

Elaborating his comments, Gilani said US, Nato and other countries will leave the region eventually but Pakistan and Afghanistan have to live together forever and therefore have a bigger stake.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Uqaab
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:18AM



  • Kaashaan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:09AM

    He’s just in denial that his ‘sacrifice’ went in vain and they finally had to write a letter to the Swiss govt about stolen Pakistani money after all. Can’t wait for the day when that money will get back to Pakistan!


  • Ali Ashfaq
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:12AM

    When it comes to the credit he says its his own stance while other times he blames all the PPP for his own doings.


  • DevilHunterX
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Living in fool’s paradise.


  • bibyawari
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:56AM

    Gillian’s contradictory statements since his disqualification, reflect his repentance over not writing letter to Swiss authorities, because his firm stand was based on instruction from presidency. But this sudden shift in this stance from the same place has now infuriated the ex-premier for becoming a puppet, and the pity is that he lost not only premiership but also parliamentary membership.


  • Mughal e Azam
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Does this statement make any sense “It’s good that the [apex] court has accepted my standpoint,” Damn fool


  • Morad786
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:11AM

    He is an honourable man…Hats off to this man…..

    Our People have lost respect for their leaders and seniors at home and abroad!


  • syed imran
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:08PM

    On pleasure of the President, “Yousaf Raza Gillani is the Ex-Prime Minister”—Ha Ha Ha


  • Ali
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:25PM

    What was this conference about “Application of Iqbalian Vision in 21st Century”?


  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 14, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Still living in fool’s paradise!


  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 28, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Now stop stargazing and daydreaming Yousuf Raza Gillani and forget your past and live like a common man and enjoy security-provided life on the poor Pakistani nation’s wealth because now you are no more prime minister.


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