Gilani firm on judges' restoration Says govt will overcome power, food crises; meets Nawaz Sharif -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Gilani firm on judges’ restoration Says govt will overcome power, food crises; meets Nawaz Sharif

LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the government would restore the deposed judges in the light of the decisions made in the Bhurban Declaration by the coalition partners.

Talking to journalists after attending a lunch hosted by the PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif at his Raiwind farm on Wednesday, the premier said: “We will do everything according to the Constitution about President Pervez Musharrafís impeachment.”

Commenting on MQM’s decision to sit in the opposition, Gilani said politics was a day-to-day affair. “There are ups and downs in politics. We want to take all the political parties with us. The political parties have their own agenda and programmes. We want to coordinate with our coalition partners according to their given agenda,” the PM said.

He said there might be some misunderstanding between the PPP and MQM resulting in latter’s decision. ìNevertheless, such things are not considered as final in politics,” he added.

Responding to another query, the PM said, “The government has inherited problems of load-shedding and wheat shortage from the previous government.”

He said the people involved in causing disturbance in Multan had the specific objective of getting the attention of the people knowing that the PM also belonged to the same district.

Gilani appealed to the people to remain peaceful as the government was facing difficult problems but hoped the new set-up would definitely overcome the crisis with the cooperation of people.

The PM stated that the government wanted to stabilise the situation in the entire country and did not believe in politics of threatening and intimidating opponents.

The premier declined to comment on the appointment of Dr Shoaib Suddle as IGP Sindh.

To another query that Mian Shahbaz Sharif had alleged through a statement that Punjab governor was taking judges to Islamabad through a plane, Gilani said he knew nothing about it.

Meanwhile, Mian Shahbaz Sharif interrupted and claimed that he stood by his statement. Nevertheless, he said this was not the occasion for asking such questions.

When Nawaz Sharif was asked about the PML-N’s concerns over the PPP joining hands with the MQM, he said Yousuf Raza Gilani had given a detailed response on this question.

To a query that Justice Falak Sher was being restored and made the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Gilani stated that he did not have any information in this regard.

The PM earlier held a meeting with the PML-N leadership, which continued for almost an hour.

Separately, Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani visited the residence of Bushra Bibi who had committed suicide with her two children.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani appealed to the rich segments of society including members of parliament, Nazims and philanthropists to provide all possible financial help to the poor people in their respective areas.

The prime minister was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Dost Muhammad Khosa. He said the government would develop and initiate programmes aimed at eliminating poverty and unemployment.

He said the government would streamline the Zakat Fund to ensure its provision to the deserving segments of the society.

While offering condolence to the family of the deceased, the prime minister expressed his profound grief over the tragic suicide incident.

He gave Rs 200,000 cash to Bushra Bibi’s heirs, besides announcing that the marriage expenses of her two younger sisters would be borne by the government. He also promised a permanent residence for the bereaved family.
Source: The News
Date:4/17/2008