Monday, 09 July 2012 13:09:49
Gilani foresees coalition govt after next election
LAHORE, July 8 (APP): Former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf
Raza Gilani has said that no political party would gain single
majority in the parliament and the results of the next general
election will show same pattern as that of 2008.
"PPP is the only political party with roots in all four
provinces including the GB and AJK while it enjoys majority
in the Senate which will be relevant even after the next
election", he said while replying to the questions by the
media men at the Lahore Cantonment railway station prior
to his departure to Multan by train here on Sunday.
Gilani said that he was disqualified from the office
of prime minister for the supremacy of the parliament and
the time will decide on it.
Regarding the supremacy of the constitution, the former
Premier said it is the parliament and the PPP-led coalition
government that has rendered the constitution supreme by
restoring the 1973 constitution to its true spirit, asserting
that he was convicted for ensuring supremacy of the same
Asserting the importance of the parliament, the PPP
Vice-Chairman said, "The constitution existed even during the
detention of the judges by the then dictator but they (judges)
were restored by the orders of the democratically elected
He said that the PPP-led coalition government is planning
to table 'contempt of court law' in order to eradicate ambiguity
in this regard.
Gilani said the constitution provided immunity to all
public representatives and there was nothing wrong if a law,
as per the constitution, was introduced by the parliament
vis a vis contempt of court by certain offices.
About PML-N President Nawaz Sharif statement on
consultation regarding law on dual nationality, PPP vice
chairman said that proposed law had already been discussed
with the coalition partners, adding that it would be further
reviewed by the Parliamentary Committee on Justice.
Regarding smooth transition of power, he said it was
unprecedented that the new prime minister took oath while
the outgoing prime minister attended the ceremony.
"The smooth transition of power has raised country's
image as a mature nation among the comity of nations",
About the crisis-hit Pakistan Railways, he said some
public sector departments were ignored by the past regimes
but in spite of shortage of resources, PPP-led coalition
government faced manfully the challenges like floods,
recession and terrorism.
To a query regarding 'Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC)
Long March, he said the NATO supply was neither suspended
nor restored on the call of the Defence of Pakistan Council,
adding that the government has decided to restore NATO supply
in the larger national interest.
To another question, he said he was removed from the
premiership for his principled-stance on the creation of
the Saraiki province.
The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Syed
Asif Hashmi accompanied the former PM on his railway journey