ISLAMABAD – The coalition partners of the PPP-led government have advised the main player to observe caution and avoid steps that could lead to more disharmonies among the state institutions, though they agreed to put forth a resolution in the National Assembly in favour of the President and the prime minister.
Chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties of PPP and its coalition partners, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Gilani on Thursday however rejected the impression of a clash among the institutions.
He told the allies MQM, ANP, PML-Q and FATA group that the government was willing to work with the opposition parties to ensure the supremacy of the parliament. “A democratic set-up is in the interest of the country,” Gilani said. He reiterated the government doesn’t want confrontation with anyone. “We want reconciliation and we want that there should be no confrontation amongst institutions.”
Explaining his position on NRO implementation case Gilani told the joint meeting held at in the Parliament House that the Supreme Court declared him dishonest without summoning or hearing form him. Sources said that Premium Gilani on the occasion expressed sorrow for this declaration and said that he always respected and cooperated with the judiciary.
Sources said the decision to bring a resolution in parliament regarding the strengthening of the democratic set-up was also approved during the meeting. Sources added that the resolution to be put forth in the NA today (Friday) would most likely express regret over apex court’s calling the PM ‘dishonest’.
However, the coalition partners expressed their concern over increasing differences among the state institutions and told the PPP that they stand with them but would not support any such step or resolution as may create more difference among the institutions. The meeting decided that the government would avoid politics of confrontation and the draft of the resolution to be prepared after consultation among all the partners would call for zero-confrontation among the state institutions.
Sources further informed that it was decided that the government would put all the issues in the Lower House for debate and later the resolution would be tabled in the house. Sources added the debate may take three to four days and the vote on resolution was expected in the mid of next week.
Meanwhile, for the first round of the consultation on the draft of the resolution, a delegation of PPP leaders including Khurshid Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Nazar Muhammad Gondal reportedly visited Ch Shujat Hussain at his residence after the joint Parliamentary parties meeting.
Earlier Ch Shujat while talking to media, after PML-Q Parliamentary Party meeting, said that there should not be any confrontation between the institutions and they were trying to stop this. He said that the matters should be resolved through talks rather than coming on roads.
The members of National Assembly, which was convened to take up emergent agenda on Thursday was adjourned to meet again today (Friday), mourned the death of Pir Sahab Pagara and Azeem Daultana and by paid rich tribute to them.
Prime Minister Gilani said that late Pir Sahib Pagara was a symbol of federation and his services in the field of politics and for the country would always be remembered. He said he himself had learnt a lot from late Pir Pagra, adding when his father died in 1978, Pir Sahib invited him to join Pakistan Muslim League and “I was nominated as member of Central Working Committee of Pakistan Muslim League”. Pir Sahib Pagara always worked for removing the differences between the settlers and locals in Sindh and there was no prejudice and biasn in his politics, he said. He said the Hur militia of Pir Sahib Pagara courageously fought side by sides with our army in the wars against India. The prime minister termed the death of Pir Sahib Pagara a great loss for the country.
Gilani while paying rich tributes to Azeem Daultana said that he was a shining parliamentarian and always delivered up to the mark on all occasions. He termed the untimely death of Daultana not only a loss for his family but for the entire country.
Others who paid tribute to Pir Pagara and Azeem Daultana included PML-N’s Khwaja Asif, MQM’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Haider Abbas Rizvi, ANP President Asfand Yar Wali Khan, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazalur Rahaman, PML-Q legislator Riaz Pir Zada and Kamran Khan from FATA group.
The 38th session of the assembly on its first day convened for hardly half an hour. The house is likely to witness heated debate today (Friday) over the ongoing political crisis involving the confrontation among the state institutions.
The Business Advisory Committee of the house decided to adjourn the proceedings of the house without discussing the resolution relating to reposing confidence in President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The committee chaired by Faisal Karim Kundi was not attended by the PML-N members who were attending their party’s parliamentary party meeting. Therefore, it was decided that Business Advisory Committee will again meet on today (Friday) to discuss and finalise the agenda for the 38th Session of the National Assembly.