Pak Affairs

Powers useless if public not served: Gillani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said that they (his government) are in power with the motto to serve the people as their workers sacrificed for establishing the democracy. The Prime Minister said his government’s motto was to serve the people rather than enjoying perks and privileges of power. “We assure that we are here to deliver and serve the people… and if we don’t, and then there is no question of being in power,” the Prime Minister said in his first public appearance at the launching of documentary film on Pakistan Peoples Party’s leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at National Library.

The Prime Minister said his government would follow the principles of PPP which believe in the rule of people. “We are taking forward the vision of our leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto who worked for providing strength to the common man,” he said. He said his nomination and election as prime minister from Punjab was another example of PPP’s strong belief in making the federation strong by keeping all provinces at par.

“The two things that kept the country united after Dhaka Fall was PPP and the 1973 Constitution.” He said. Gilani recalled Benazir Bhutto’s last conversation with him few hours prior to her death who urged the need for bringing change in the system and making the Constitution as supreme law.

Prime Minister Gilani said his government was the result of people’s confidence reposed in it, adding that public mandate should be respected. Gilani mentioned his government’s already announced 100-day plan and said the cabinet would review the situation of relevant departments and present report before the nation in a week. He sought the support of people, all political parties and the world to help them resolve state issues. “We will have to take everyone along to achieve the targets,” the Prime Minister said.

He also mentioned the sacrifices of PPP workers who suffered a great deal in social and economic terms, but never compromised on principles. Gilani said media should play the role of “opposition” by pointing out government’s shortcomings through positive criticism.
About the launching of film on Bhutto, the Prime Minister termed the moment a historic event which would be kept as a record of history for the future generations.

Speaking on the occasion Javed Malik, maker of the documentary and renowned mediaperson said two years back, Benazir Bhutto asked him to make the film as it was the wish of her late brothers. He said the film was completed in Benazir’s life, she had watched and appreciated the documentary, but postponed its launching till Bhutto’s death anniversary on April 4.-SANA

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