ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday evening said he would decide on writing a letter to the Swiss authorities after consulting his lawyer, adding that he did not exactly know in which case the court had passed these orders.
Talking to media persons at the Prime Minister’s House, Gilani said he used to go by book while handing the official files daily and that was the reason he was crystal clear that he had not committed any contempt of court. He further said he had all respect for the courts and personally appeared before the Supreme Court, adding that he would again do so, if required.
When asked what would be his response to the latest court directives regarding writing the letter to the Swiss authorities without seeking advice, the prime minister said he did not know exactly about the order and he would take decision in consultation with his lawyer, as he did not know right now in which case the court had issued directives.
To a question about the unrest in Balochistan, Gilani said he had completed consultation process with the political leaders of the province, while he also discussed the matter with the military leadership and made it clear that government extended all possible help to the provincial government in establishing law and order in the province.
To another question, he did not rule out foreign hand in the current spate of violence in the province.
Responding to a question about the All Parties Conference (APC) on Balochistan, he vowed to call the meeting the moment the provincial government would ask to do so.
On the all-time low relations with the United States, Gilani said the trust-deficit was the major hurdle in normalising the Pak-US ties, adding that Pakistan wanted strong and long-term relations with United States on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
On the Nato supplies restoration, the premier said the Parliament would decide matter, for which a joint sitting of the Parliament was expected in a next few weeks.
To a question about using of Pakistani airspace for the Nato supplies, Gilani said the air corridor was never closed, as only the land route had been blocked.
He also rejected the notion that the government had put a condition of the US apology over the attack on border checkposts for restoration of supplies.
About Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, the PM said the decision on the project would be taken keeping in view the national interest setting aside the US pressure on initiative. He further said Iran was also having contracts with other states as well; therefore, there was no question of slapping sanctions on it.
Expressing satisfaction over the performance of his government over the past four years, the prime minister said the major challenges faced by the government included terrorism and energy crisis for which steps were being taken on war-footing.
To a question about the new accountability law which is lingering for past over three years, Gilani expressed his optimism that they would bring the legislation with the support of the opposition like the landmark achievement of passing three major constitutional amendments with consensus.
He said his government had put to rest the political victimisation and not even a single case of political arm-twisting could be attributed to them.
He promised to continue with the politics of reconciliation and consensus, saying the PPP would not only satisfy the coalition partners but also take opposition parties on-board while tackling the issues of national importance.
To another question, Gilani claimed that they had implemented 80 per cent of the Charter of Democracy and the party manifesto while was striving for materialising the rest.