ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said the government can “revisit” its decision on Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Swat, if peace was not restored in the area. “If peace is not restored, one can rethink the idea,” the Prime Minister told mediapersons when asked about the government’s future strategy in view of the recently promulgated Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Swat.
Prime Minister Gilani however, said that he was hopeful about the restoration of peace in the area. He termed the government’s agreement on Nizam-e-Adl as a “willful decision” taken in national interest. He said the step respects the mandate of provincial government, which was seconded by the parliament through a unanimous resolution.
When asked to comment on statements by Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat’s leader terming country’s superior courts as “un-Islamic”, the Prime Minister said, “Sufi Muhammad’s views are of an individual,” adding he would not comment on it. “There is a problem of terrorism and this menace can only be contained by all the political forces of the country who should join hands to confront it,” Gilani said.
Gilani said the government was studying the report prepared by the parliament’s committee on national security and would evolve a national policy after consultation with the four chief minister. “It will be a home?made policy keeping the national interests supreme,” he said.
He said President Zardari would be holding talks with the American leadership on these lines when he visits the United States. About Balochistan, Gilani urged the nation not to lose hope as the government was cognizant of the situation and the province, and doing all to end their sense of deprivation.
He said all institutions very functioning and in accordance with the law and the Constitution. “We need to empower the people of Balochistan. We will provide them rights and full share in development,” he said.
Regarding the murder of three Baloch leaders, the Prime Minister said the government was awaiting report of the judicial commission. About his visit to the housing ministry, Gilani said government would provide low?cost housing for the poor, lower-middle class and federal government employees all over the country including Northern Areas and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
He said under the Benazir Income Support Programme, the government would provide health, education and subsidized food. Earlier, the Prime Minister was given briefing at the Ministry about the ongoing and upcoming development projects.-APP