LAHORE - Former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday warned that Martial Law could not be ruled out if violence erupts in the Federal capital due to presence of PTI and PAT protesters there.
Gilani said this as he chaired a high-level party meeting here at the residence senior PPP leader Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo to discuss the current explosive political situation in the country.
The former Prime Minister said his party was opposed to civil disobedience movement of PTI, but PML-N leaders should have shown flexibility to avoid the confrontation. “It would have been better had Shahbaz Sharif himself ordered registration of FIR in respect of Model Town incident on the application of PAT”, he said, adding, that Sharifs seemed to have an ego problem.
PPP’s central Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa, central Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, South Punjab President Makhdoom Shahabuddin and other leaders from Punjab including Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Rana Shaukat Mahmood, Raja Riaz,Mian Misbah-ur- Rehman, Aziz-ur- Rehman Chann, Dewan Mohyyiuddin, Aurangzeb Burki, Aslam Gill, Raja Amir, Mian Abdul Waheed, Shaukat Basra and Akram Shaheedi attended the meeting.
Later, talking to the media, Gilani said that though sit-ins and protests would not lead to the fall of the government but its follies could land it in trouble.
Holding the government responsible for the present political mess, he said that PML-N leaders had failed to realise the gravity of the situation. “Their delayed actions have put the whole system in grave dangers”, he added.
Gilani underscored the importance of engaging Imran Khan and Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri into dialogue at the earliest to hammer out a political solution of the continuing political deadlock.
He said that PPP had been supporting the Constitution, democracy and rule of law being a responsible Opposition party in the democratic dispensation despite the serious reservations on the elections results of May 2013 elections.
Manzoor Wattoo said that the present government was the product of the rigged elections and ,therefore, the question of its legitimacy had arisen as a consequence.
He suggested that better sense should prevail and the govt alongwith political leaders of the country should immediately engage the PTI and the PAT to difuse the situation.
He made it clear that the PPP was supporting democracy and not the bad policies of the government which, he said, had made the lives of the common people miserable due to excessive loadshedding of electricity, high prices of eatables, worsening law and order situation, unemployment etc.
He said that after the incident of Model Town, the Punjab government should have registered the case against the culprits voluntarily and the Punjab Chief Minister should have tendered resignation by confessing his ineptness and criminal negligence.
He further said that PPP did not believe in politics of vendetta and the historic words of former President Asef Ali Zardari uttered after the martyrdom of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto that “democracy is the best revenge” were surely the guiding principle for the party politics.