ISLAMABAD - The senior leadership of Pakistan People’s Party on Monday deliberated host of issues including overall political situation in the country, IDPs’ miseries and alleged violation of article 248(1) of the constitution.

“The PPP leadership discussed wide range of issues including alleged violation of article 248(1) of the constitution, which may be raised in and outside the parliament soon,” a senior PPP leader shared with The Nation.

Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Leader of Opposition in NA Syed Khursheed Shah also chalked out a plan to facilitate internally displaced persons of North Waziristan residing in camps, especially in the month of Ramazan. They also discussed in length political scenario including PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s ultimatum of long march, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri’s demand of CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s resignation in connection with Model Town tragedy and repercussions for passing Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO).

Talking to The Nation, Gilani said he discussed overall political situation in the country with Shah. “We discuss fast changing political scenario in the country. It was our consensus that the PPP would not be part of any movement to derail democratic system in the country,” said the former PM.

“We had dealt with the IDPs of Swat and South Waziristan after Rah-e-Rast and Rah-e-Nijat operations in our era,” said Gilani, adding that the PPP would play its part to facilitate the IDPs of NWA. About article 248(1) of the constitution, Gilani said he discussed with Shah if some important clause of the constitution is continuously being violated then it needs to be abolished. “There should not be violation of constitution,” he said. “If someone has immunity but the rule is not being applied then it is an insult of concerned office and violation of constitution,” said Gilani.

Giving reference of his own example, he said he gave up his prime ministerial position for the sake of the president’s immunity and now the section one of article 248 of the constitution gives him immunity.

“Despite having constitutional protection, this clause of the constitution is being violated in my case,” said the PPP vice chairman, adding that even then he respects the courts and has appeared before the courts in different cases.