ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf has described the oath taking of the Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani as an historic day and said the country has entered the last and final phase of transition to complete civilian rule. Talking to media persons along with Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani at Aiwan-e-Sadr after administering him oath of office, the president said fair, free, transparent and peaceful election to the national and provincial assemblies have been held. He congratulated Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on his election as prime minister with a huge majority.
President expressed the hope that the new prime minister would work for the socio-economic uplift of the people and he would always have his support in this regard. The president congratulated the whole nation on the election of new prime minister and said the final phase of transition would be completed with the formation of provincial governments soon.
Replying to a question, the president said he would like to contribute in unifying all the political forces for the betterment of the country. He said there are many challenges facing the country today including the fight against terrorism and the economic issues.
He underlined the need for adopting a balanced approach by the new government in overcoming these challenges and said that the new prime minister will have a central role in this regard and he will have his support. Prime Minister Syed Yusuaf Raza Gilani answering a question said he would announce the first hundred day programme after taking vote of confidence from the National Assembly on the floor of the house.
Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani thanked the nation for the trust they have reposed on the political parties in the elections which reflects the aspiration of the nation and their desire to represent them by the leadership they wanted.
The prime minister said he was grateful to the nation and proud of his country and the people. He said they would live for Pakistan and die for it. He said the mandate was split and all political forces will have to unite on one platform to take the country forward and overcome all the challenges Pakistan is faced with.
He said we will have to take the country out of all crises and for this purpose government would need support of all. The prime minister said the parliament comprises the president, the National Assembly and the Senate therefore we will have to strengthen the Parliament and ensure its supremacy so that jointly we could take the nation out of the current challenges. He said during his parliamentary carrier, he has learnt one thing that is to strengthen the institutions of the country.
To a question, the prime minister said government would look forward to cooperation from all including the President. He said the country is passing through a sensitive phase and stands at the cross roads and to overcome the challenges every one’s support is needed. He said he would take along all the allied parties and would evolve a unanimous strategy to deliver.
The prime minister said the nation has high hopes of the new government and the people are expecting the new government to deliver. He said if God forbid the new government is not able to deliver this would disappoint the nation. He said, they would only claim success after delivering the nation what they desire. Syed Yusuaf Raza Gilani appealed the nation and requested all the political parties and the president for forging cooperation to take the country out of the crises it is faced with.
Replying to a question about promoting institutional harmony, the prime minister said if all the institutions follow the constitution there will be no conflict between them. He said if the media, the parliament, the judiciary, the bureaucracy and the army play their defined roles the country would come out of the difficulties it is facing today.-SANA