ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has advised Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) President Mian Nawaz Sharif to refrain from giving statements against their coalition partners as they could need their support in future for government formation.
Talking to media persons here at a local hotel after attending the Walima reception of his physician Dr Samiullah’s son, Prime Minister Gilani, predicting split mandate in the future elections where no single party could independently form government advised Mian Nawaz Sharif not to speak foul against the government’s coalition partners as he might have to depend on their support in future.
To a question he said that PPP-led political government had successfully completed four years in power and he was expecting wish phone from Mian Nawaz Sharif. He said that Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or any other political government had not completed four years in office.
He further said that he had read the statement of Mian Nawaz Sharif grilling PPP coalition partners and said that it would not be good for the future politics of Mian Nawaz Sharif. To another question about the Supreme Court of Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani said that he knew well how much respect Mian Nawaz Sharif has for the superior judiciary.
Earlier, Prime Minister Gilani expressed hope that his first-ever visit to South Korea will give political impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries. He expressed these views during a meeting with ambassador of South Korea who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House here on Saturday.
The prime minister said that South Korean companies had a robust investment in Pakistan covering whole spectrum of economic activities.
The prime minister is visiting Republic of Korea to participate in the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit from March 25-28 where heads of stare and governments from major countries are participating. The prime minister is likely to meet a number of world leaders and CEOs of major Korean companies.
The prime minister said that inspired by South Korea’s great economic progress, Pakistan also wanted to achieve similar developmental trajectory. The prime minister stated that the interaction with South Korean companies would encourage them to enhance their engagement and investment particularly in infrastructure and energy sectors of Pakistan.
Gilani said Pakistan desired to further strengthen and expand relations in political, economic, trade and defence fields. “There is immense potential to forge bilateral co-operation in these fields,” he said.
The Korean ambassador reiterated that Korea was also looking forward to the visit by Prime Minister Gilani in connection with Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. He said Korean companies were interested to invest in different sectors in Pakistan. He was of the view that exchange of delegations at various levels would further cement the existing ties between the two countries.
Pakistan and South Korea will commemorate 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year in 2013. The two countries plan a number of high profile activities including exchange of visits to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, talking to Dr Michael Koch, the outgoing German ambassador who paid a farewell visit to Gilani, the premier said he was likely to meet the US President Barack Obama at the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul where he was going to represent Pakistan.
The prime minister said that Parliament was working on framing new terms of engagement for Pakistan-US partnership.
Gilani, congratulating the outgoing German ambassador on his appointment as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Pakistan would continue to provide all support for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. He reiterated Pakistan’s stance to encourage Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. The prime minister said that he had made an appeal to all factions in Afghanistan on the request of Afghan President for greater reconciliation.
Gilani maintained that Pakistan always supported the 3-D policy (development, dialogue and deterrence). “The world has now recognised its importance and efforts are underway to evolve a political solution of the menace of extremism and militancy,” Gilani said.
The prime minister recalled the telethon conducted by the German Chancellor herself when the devastating floods hit Pakistan in 2010 to raise funds for assistance of flood affectees. He also recollected his visit to Germany during which both the countries had very useful progress on a number of bilaterally beneficial areas.
Gilani aslso appreciated the German ambassador’s role in fostering bilateral relations between Pakistan and Germany. “Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Germany and will like to transform this relation into strategic partnership. Our bilateral relations are based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, respect for human rights and economic liberalism,” Gilani said.
The prime minister also applauded German development assistance for Pakistan which increased from Euro 34 million for 2006-2007 to Euro 145.35 million for 2009-2010. He said, “Pakistan desires to enhance scope of economic relations with Germany which is 5th largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) and fourth largest trading partner globally and largest trading partner among the EU countries.”
The premier also thanked for the continued German support for GSP+ as well as for commencement of negotiations for Pakistan-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The outgoing German ambassador thanked the prime minister for the support, hospitality and warmth which was extended to him during his stay in Pakistan. He expressed resolve to make efforts towards progress and prosperity of the entire region during his new assignment as German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said that Pakistan’s role was of paramount importance.
The outgoing German ambassador also agreed with the prime minister that military solution was not a permanent solution to the problem and only the political reconciliation and dialogue could yield long-lasting results.
The PM asked the outgoing ambassador to pay his best regards to the German Chancellor. He reiterated invitation to the German Chancellor to visit Pakistan.

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