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Senate elections to be held in March 2012: PM Gilani

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani

Pakistan News/Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said that the Senate election would be held according to schedule in March and if those were stopped through undemocratic means, it would have negative effect on the country.

Responding to callers from across the country in a live PTV’s Prime Minister Online programme, the Prime Minister said all political activities were due to the Senate election and conspiracies were being hatched to stop them.

He said that every one knew that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would attain majority in the Senate elections. He told the critics that every thing should be done in accordance with the Constitution and anyone could be in power or in opposition.

The Prime Minister said it was the task of Information Ministry to highlight achievements of the government and the PPP government had a lot of achievements to show to the people.

He said due to global economic recession, Pakistan was also affected like other countries of the world and many companies were given bail-outs.

He said despite all odds, 3500 megawatts power were added to the national grid and added that before end of the tenure, the government would be able to avoid unscheduled loadshedding.

The Prime Minister said a special cabinet meeting would be held a day after tomorrow to tackle the issues of energy and gas shortage.

In winter, due to shortage of water, the power generation has been reduced, he added. The government, he said, had been working on all alternative sources of energy.

He said the policy of Independent Power Producers (IPP) was sabotaged by Saifur Rehman when there was a need for consistency in the energy policy.

He underlined the need for consistency in policies and regretted that every government changed policies of the previous one.”We want to have consistent policies and the government should be given the chance to work,” he added.

The Prime Minister said the fuel prices are a global issue.The fuel prices at international level are adjusted in the local market and the government does not want to continue the system of subsidies, he continued.

The Prime Minister said the government was making efforts to control the price hike. Referring to corruption charges on the government, he said that every political government in the past was removed on charges of corruption.

He said after the corruption charges, the dictators came to power. He said Mian Nawaz Sharif should know that if there is a corruption charge against the government he (Nawaz) will not get the power.

Replying to a question about education system, the Prime Minister said after 18th Amendment, health and education have become provincial subjects.

He said the Council of Common Interests was the highest forum to discuss the issues like system of education and all the provinces attended its meeting and agreed to have uniform policy for education.

The Prime Minister said all the chief ministers will be asked that for national interest and cohesion, there should be a unified education system in all the provinces in accordance with the decisions of CCI.

Answering another question about Saraiki province, the Prime Minister said it was recognition of the PPP that it selected the Prime Minister from the Saraiki area.

He said the government will adopt constitutional ways in the National Assembly and Senate and approve the demand of the Saraiki people.

Replying to another question, the Prime Minister said it is the policy of party that those who had been victimized in the previous government, should be reinstated and regularized.

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