Former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the era of dissolving assemblies has gone and now only the Prime Minister has the power to dissolve assemblies or announce mid-term election.

Talking to the journalists here on Tuesday, he added that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had the democratic right to hold protest on November 30, but the protest should stay within democratic limits. He said that the power to dissolve assemblies was held by the president in the past but now only Prime Minister could exercise this power. “Now if the Prime Minister wishes, he can dissolve the assemblies and announce mid-term polls,” he further explained.

He said that the powers to appoint Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) were held by the parliament. “The leader of the house should nominate the CEC with the consultation of leader of opposition,” he added.

He said that only operation could not cure the disease of terrorism. “We need to win their hearts through dialogue,” he suggested. Answering a question, he said that he had contact with the kidnappers of his son before operation but now it was disconnected. He said that terrorism had become a global problem. He said that Benazir murder case was a high profile murder case and therefore it was not likely that it would be resolved soon. To a query, he said that baseless allegations made the book of Hashwani controversial. He added that he and Javed Hashmi also authored books but no one challenged any part of these books.

He said that the youm-e-tasees function of PPPP in Lahore on November 30 would be chaired by party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and preparations were underway for holding a successful event. He said that the PPPP did the politics of ideology and therefore no one could abolish this party. He was of the opinion that the joining or quitting of any individual made no difference to the party.

PCGA STRIKE: The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) is likely to go on strike as a protest against imposition of five percent GST on oil-cake, delay in launching of cotton procurement operation by the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) and poor policies of the government, disclosed PCGA Chairman Haji Hafeez Anwar.

Addressing a news conference along with other office bearers here on Tuesday, he told the journalists that the PCGA had called its general body meeting on November 21 to finalize the strike decision. He said that Government should impose ban on the import of cotton or yarn or impose anti dumping duty on the export of cotton and its products .Trading Corporation should have to sign a contract with PCGA to buy the one million cotton bales instead of contacting the individuals and scrutiny of the cotton lint on its own.