ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that he would talk to president Asif Ali Zardari regarding lifting of the governor rule in Punjab on Thursday. Speaking at a dinner hosted by him in honour of Senators here on Wednesday, he said that he called the Punjab Governor Salman Taseer to Islamabad and together with the President they would discuss the way out of the present political crisis.
The Prime Minister said he wants lifting of the Governor’s rule in Punjab at the earliest and would request the President to let the provincial assembly ascertain who commands the majority. He made an impassioned appeal to the political leadership to demonstrate maturity for the sake of economically and politically stable Pakistan.
The Prime Minister referred to the political situation of the country and said every wrong has a solution and all issues should be resolved through discussions and dialogue. He said there are three parties in the Punjab – PPP, PML-N and PML(Q) and whosoever demonstrate majority should be allowed to form the Government and respect each other’s mandate.
The Prime Minister said he has in mind a sketch for solution of the judges’ issue and they would talk to the legal experts on the matter. He said a solution can be found with positive thinking. Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said the Government is committed to implement the Charter of Democracy in its true spirit as it can offer solution to the political and constitutional problems confronting the country.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan has a strategic location and the world is eager to help it economically but for this to happen we have to ensure political stability. He hoped that the Friends of Pakistan meeting Japan next month will come out with something concrete to assist Pakistan. Similarly, the United States is also contemplating several proposals to provide economic and military assistance to Pakistan including Kerry-Logar Bill and establish of Reconstruction Opportunities Zones in tribal areas.
Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani congratulated the newly elected Senators and eulogized the services rendered by the outgoing members of the upper house. He said the 1973 constitution given by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto envisages bi-cameral parliament to ensure that no amendment in the constitution is made on the basis of population of a particular province as the upper house has equal representation of the four federating units. The Prime Minister said the Government is not interested in power and wants to deliver to the people and give a secure and bright future to our coming generations.-SANA