ISLAMABAD - Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, former prime minister and vice-chairman Pakistan peoples Party (PPP), has said he will appear before the Anti-Corruption Court (Karachi) to dispel the impression that he is afraid of facing cases.

“Despite the invitation from ‘14th of August Committee of Norway’ in Oslo, I have cancelled this programme and will prefer to appear before the court. I respect the courts,” Gilani shared with The Nation on Saturday. Gilani said he would go to Karachi and appear before anti-corruption court to face the case falsely fabricated against him. “I will not seek protective bail in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) scam,” he said, adding that FIA had already concealed the facts at the time of issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants against him.

“It is my stance that I have immunity under Article 248(1) of the constitution of Pakistan,” he said, adding that at the time of issuing of warrants, the FIA officials did not disclose this fact before the Karachi judge. “The history of my party is full of sacrifices and I would follow the same lines,” he added.

An anti-corruption court in Karachi on May 29 issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Gilani and senior PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Faheem. The warrants against the two were issued in a case relating to financial irregularities in TDAP.

Later, talking to the newsmen after attending Ghulaman-e-Mustafa conference, Gilani criticised the first year performance of the PML-N government. “The government should not adopt policy of conflict of institutions, rather it should prefer policy of reconciliation,” he added. About kidnapping of his son Ali Haider Gilani, he said Taliban commander Abu-Yazeed had informed that his son was in their custody saying, “You (Gilani) will have to face consequences of giving nod for Swat operation.”

To a question, he said that record rigging was committed in the previous elections. “We will not become part of any move to derail democracy in the country,” he maintained.