LAHORE – The Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman and a PPP leader, Syed Asif Ali Hashmi has said that Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has proved by appearing in the Supreme Court that the PPP has regards for the courts.

He said that the late PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto though accepted death sentence yet respected the courts. President Asif Ali Zardari, he said, also appeared before courts and got jail terms, but never spoke against the courts.

Apart from this PPP party workers were jailed and lashed in the past but not criticised courts. He expressed these views during his visit to Aiwan-e-Waqt Forum held under the aegis of TheNation on Thursday.

Mr. Hashmi said that political parties which were demanding for general elections had not taken part in elections held last time. He said that certain people were trying to hinder Senate Elections so that PPP might not get majority in Senate.

“The Punjab government is being run on stay orders of the courts. Why is the chief minister not holding elections for his office first?” he asked. Talking about the power and gas crises, he said it was inherited by the PPP government from the former government. About Osama bin Laden, he claimed that he is in the custody of the Americans and is very much alive.

He was of the view that Abbottabad operation was a mere drama. He said that President Zardari was firmed with his decision to overcome the crisis of gas and power. He said that PPP leadership was on it and it would be solved shortly. He said that PPP would take decisions in the best interest of nation and not on the dictation of any foreign authority.