Pakistan News / Taxila – Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani discharge opposition’s outburst against President Zardari and said Zardari stands tall between the democrats as he had restored the Constitution and handed over his powers to the parliament on Thursday Oct. 06, 2011.
“Never in the history (of the country) has been a president who transferred his powers on his own to the prime minister,” Gilani told a large gathering here at the inauguration of an underpass on the GT Road.
The PM said President Zardari had transferred his powers because he believed in the supremacy of the parliament and for the sake of the country, the people and strengthening of democracy.
“Which other government in the past that enjoyed the two-third majority, restored the Constitution in its original form,” he questioned.
He regretted that President Asif Ali Zardari was being blamed for not doing anything to strengthen democracy, whereas the restoration of the 1973 Constitution to its original form goes to his credit.
Prime Minister Gilani said throughout his political life, he witnessed confrontation between different sections of the political spectrum and forces against the Pakistan Peoples Party who tried to level false allegations against it.
He, however, said the government has proved beyond doubt that they have the support of the masses and have successfully presented the fourth budget.
He regretted the trend of blaming the politicians for all the ills and corruption, and pointed that contrarily, neither of the dictators – president Zia, Yahya or General Musharraf – was blamed for corruption.
The Prime Minister said the 2008 election was the success of the democratic forces and said his government came into power through the ballot and not through a back door.
He said the government had handed over the most important position of the Chairman Publics Accounts Committee to the opposition to judge the performance of the government.
“What else the government could have done to please its opponents,” he said.
he said and added if someone has complaints about the government, they should seek redressal from the courts.
Prime Minister Gilani said he had spent five years behind bars, under National Accountability Bureau, which was equivalent to ten years imprisonment under the ordinary courts.
Prime Minister Gilani said his government had completed little less than four years in power and was pursuing the party manifesto and the Charter of Democracy.
He said there were two standards to judge performance of a party – one was how well it followed the party manifesto and said he was proud to note that his government has accomplished 80 per cent of it.
The other criterion, he said is the ballot and pointed that the party has been a success in all bye-elections, Gilgit and Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir that proved the success of its policies and its deep roots across the country.