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Clash not possible if institutions work within limits: PM Gilani

08 February, 2011

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BADIN: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will continue to abide by the constitution and there would be no clash of institutions in the country if all work within the constitution’s parameters, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday.

“The constitution provides trichotomy of power, with all institutions including parliament, the executive and the judiciary, enjoying their respective powers,” Gilani said while addressing a large public gathering at the inauguration of the 132KV Golarchi Grid Station project, completed at a cost of Rs 810 million and in a record 10-month time.

Gilani said that the PPP-led government had fulfilled the promise of Benazir Bhutto by restoring the 1973 Constitution and would continue to follow her vision and mission for the common man’s welfare and well-being.

He maintained that the PPP had always protected the rights of the common people of the country, particularly the oppressed class, including women and minorities, and would continue to do so according to BB’s vision.

The PM said the 18th and 19th constitutional amendments, which were adopted by the present government through consensus, would help in ensuring provincial autonomy and increased resources for the provinces. Provision of maximum facilities at the peoples’ doorsteps has become possible after the passage of the amendments that guarantee maximum autonomy to the provinces, he said. He said that the PPP followed the politics of reconciliation and consensus, and it was due to this policy that over 60 bills were approved in parliament with consensus during the last three years. This was unprecedented in the country’s political history, he added.

He also mentioned the consensus election of the prime minister, unanimous vote of confidence for him as well as the consensus election of senators from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad as marvellous examples of the politics of reconciliation.

Gilani assured that the PPP, which was a federal party with roots in all parts of the country and chapters in various countries of the world, would continue to take all political forces along and on board on major national issues.

He said it was due to the successful agricultural policy of the present PPP-led government that a country that was facing a shortage of wheat and flour three years back, had now surplus wheat, which was being exported.

He said that the growers were getting international prices for their produce, adding, as Pakistan had an agrarian economy with 65-70 percent population depending on agriculture, it was important to ensure the progress and prosperity of farmers’ community.

He said that although the country was passing through critical economic times, the present government was providing electricity on minimum rates and had been engaged in completing development projects aimed to provide maximum facilities to the people at the earliest possible time. Federal and provincial ministers and members of parliament attended the ceremony, which was also addressed by Water and Power Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, among others.


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