ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that disqualification of PML(N)’s top leadership created a constitutional administrative vacuum necessitating the imposition of governor’s rule in Punjab. He was speaking at the parliamentary party meeting of the PPP and allied parties at parliament House in Islamabad on Saturday.
The Prime Minister told the participants that the governor’s rule was imposed on his advice and there were no differences between him and the President. Instead he pointed out that he had initiated reconciliation efforts including meeting with Mian Shahbaz Sharif after consulting the President.
He said he had invited Mian Shahbaz Sharif for a meeting in Islamabad for greater reconciliation and for working towards stability and security of the country. Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani apprised the meeting that he had appealed to those protesting on the streets to show restraint while giving vent to their anger and use elected forums for airing their sentiments.
The Prime Minister said forward blocks should not be allowed to create a situation of horse trading and undermine the democratic process. He said only alliances of the party should be allowed to participate in the process.
Members belonging to ANP, JUI and MQM appreciated Prime Minister’s efforts for creating an environment of consensus, reconciliation and respect for people’s mandate. Minister for Law Farooq H. Naek explained the legal and constitutional position of the disqualification case of Sharif Brothers. He clarified that the Punjab Assembly has not been suspended. Some members regretted that PML (N) was singling out the President for criticism which is very unfair.-SANA