Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that drone attacks are violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and it is Imran Khan’s democratic right to stage sit-in against these attacks.

Talking to the journalists here at Multan Airport on Saturday, he added that his government kept Nato supply blocked for seven months. He said that it was for the first time that a drone hit a district of the KPK province. He said that the real problem being faced by the country was economic crisis. “Until we overcome economic issues, it is difficult to block drone strikes,” he said. He said that his party condemned sectarian terrorism and religious leaders from all schools of thought would have to play their role to control this wave. “The government will have to fulfil its responsibilities for maintaining peace too,” he added.

Answering a question on local government elections, he declared that the PPP would not leave the ground vacant for its opponents and fully participate in it. Answering a question on whether the elections would be held, he said that the Chief Justice of Pakistan was still in his seat while the election date was also announced. “I cannot anticipate what happens after his retirement,” he added. He strongly criticised the government and said that the rulers forgot all the promises they made during election. He said that neither the country witnessed any change nor any economic revolution rather the flood of price hike swept the poor masses away.

To a query on recovery of his kidnapped son, he said that no development took place in the case of Ali Haider Gillani. Replying another question, he said that there was no harm in holding talks with India as war was no more a solution to any problem. He claimed that India was ready to talk on Kashmir, Siachin and other issues during his regime.

When asked whether he returned after attending Chief Justice’s daughter’s wedding, he said: “Yes I have attended the wedding. I have no personal differences with the chief justice rather it is a legal difference.”

REMOVAL OF POWER PYLONS: The District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Saleem Gondal took on Saturday serious notice of electricity polls in the middle of some newly constructed roads and flyovers and directed Mepco officials to remove the polls forthwith. Addressing a meeting held to evolve strategy for removing problems from the way of development projects, he added that the polls posed serious threat to citizens’ lives and therefore they should be removed immediately. He issued order for removal of all those electricity polls that created hurdle in construction of slip roads at Chungi No-6, Afshar Chowk, Eidgah, Old Shujabad Road and MDA Chowk. He declared that green belts would be developed beneath newly constructed flyovers.

He also expressed strong displeasure on non-payment of money by the National Highway Authority to the affectees of road projects and issued order for making payments forthwith. He made it clear that the government had released funds but it was NHA that did not make payments. He issued order for removal of minaret of a masjid demolished at Chungi No-9, saying it posed threat to the lives of passers-by and shopkeepers. He directed the concerned officials to release funds to the committee of traders formed to reconstruct the masjid at alternate place.

The DCO said that electricity wires, polls and transformers installed in front of historic Masjid Wali Muhammad distorted its beauty. He asked Mepco officials to submit proposals regarding removal of the above said infrastructure from the front of the masjid.