No PPP PM will write Swiss letter: Gilani
LAHORE: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said no prime minister from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Zardari.
Speaking to lawyers at his Lahore residence on Sunday, he said only parliament could decide if he would continue to remain the prime minister. Gilani reiterated that he would not resign due to any political pressure or to fulfil anyone’s wishes.The prime minister added that certain elements were conspiring against him and he would not succumb to any conspiracies.
He said until the detailed verdict was announced, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif needed to keep his wishes suppressed. He said Nawaz Sharif was “confused” and now was confusing politics too, adding, “I will actively reciprocate any kind of politics.” According to the INP news agency, a committee headed by Law minister Farooq H. Naek has been formed for moving an appeal before the Supreme Court over the prime minister’s conviction.
According to PPP sources, the committee comprising Governor Punjab Lateef Khan Khosa, barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, Fawad Chaudhry advocate, Adviser to PM, and Mahreen Anwar Raja would put their heads together to prepare the appeal. —Agencies
Our correspondent adds: Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek and Governor Latif Khan Khosa, the two legal hawks of the present government, had a five-hour one on one meeting to discuss the prevailing crisis thathad erupted after the conviction of Prime Minister Gilani by the Supreme Court.
The meeting held at the Governor’s House discussed in detail the strategy of the PPP in the current situation and sources said both agreed that the party would fight a legal battle and go for an appeal against the conviction of the PM rather than adopting a path of confrontation with the institutions.
A delegation of lawyers also held a meeting with Latif Khosa and Farooq H Naek and expressed complete support to the prime minister and held the view that he would complete his constitutional term. Meanwhile, a seven-member delegation of the German media also called on Governor Latif Khan Khosa.