MULTAN - Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was accorded a warm welcome upon his arrival at Pul Rango as MNAs and MPAs of PPP from the entire South Punjab region arrived here along with processions to receive him on Sunday. Gilani arrived at Khanewal Railway Station from Lahore by train and then moved to Multan by road.

The office-bearers of PPP, Pakistan Saraiki Party and Ghausia Jamaat received him at the railway station. Gilani left for Multan with a big procession by road as MNAs and MPAs of the party from entire South Punjab reached here along with processions to welcome him.

His procession was on the way to Multan till filing of this report. PPP leaders said that the procession would enter Multan via Qadirpur Rawan, Rajapur, Pak Arab Fertilizer Chowk and Chowk Kumharanwala and then move to Gilani House via Masoom Shah Road, Daulat Gate, Hussain Agahi, Chowk Ghanta Ghar, Nawan Shehr and High Court Chowk.

Earlier, welcoming boards, banners and posters surfaced like mushrooms in entire Multan overnight as the former premier Gilani is coming back to his home town for the first time after his disqualification. The PPPP workers and office bearers set up a number of welcoming camps on the route of Gilani’s procession besides holding meetings to finalize arrangements for the event.

In KHANEWAL: former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani reached here through 10-down Allama Iqbal Express train where he was accorded a warm welcome by hundreds of the party workers gathered from different parts of the district. Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly, Raja Riaz Ahmad, MNA Syed Mujtiba Gilani and real brother of PPP turncoat Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mureed Hussain Qureshi, Haider Zaman Qureshi, Advocate Javed Hashmi and PPP Khanewal City President Hamayun Khan were among the prominent leaders of the gathering.

Platform No-1 of the railway station was decorated with panaflix and banners of the PPP. Train was arrived 20 minutes late while hundreds of district police and railway police personnel were deployed for security.

However, due to mismanagement and tumult of the party worker, the former PM could not talk with the gathering and the media at railway station. On the occasion, reporters asked repeatedly brother of PTI stalwart Shah Mehmood Qureshi Syed Mureed to announce joining the PPP but he evaded the question.

He told the media men that he was going with the procession to Multan where he would talk to the media. The procession of former PM was departed for Multan in private cars. According to local political analysts, the interest of the common people and PPP workers was very poor as a small number of leaders and worker were turned up to welcome the former PM.