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No need to demand resignation from CJP Iftikhar: Gilani

11 June, 2012

LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani talking to the representatives of print and electronic media.
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LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has clarified that there was no allegation against Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's son Dr Arsalan, so there was no need to demand resignation form the CJP on ethical grounds.

The prime minister was replying to queries by a select group of journalists at a press briefing at the State Guest House in Lahore.

About Dr Arsalan's case in the Supreme Court, Gilani dispelled the impression that the PPP or the military was the beneficiary of the case, which had plunged the SC into controversy. "The PPP respects institutions and it has no score to settle with the judiciary," he stressed. Gilani said that the CJP could not hear his own son's case, but should consider Musa Gilani his own son and hear his case by taking a suo motu notice.

He questioned why the PML-N chief had not become a party in Dr Arsalan case, as he (Nawaz Sharif) had become a party in all scandals against the PPP government, like the memogate, NRO, rental power plants and the contempt case. "Maybe Nawaz Sharif is enjoying good relations with Malik Riaz," he said.

To a query about Malik Riaz's relations with Rehman Malik, the PM said that the business tycoon enjoyed good relations with almost all political parties and leaders, including Nawaz Sharif and Rehman Malik.

Declaring that there was no room for martial law in Pakistan anymore, the premier said that the people and political parties giving lectures on democracy should focus on holding local bodies elections on a party basis. He said that democratic powers did not believe in non-party election, adding that the PPP coalition partner ANP and its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was ready to hold party-based local bodies elections in the province, as it had roots in the people. When asked, he said the general elections would be held in the first quarter of 2013.

Criticising the "zero role" of provinces for ending electricity shortage, he said that no province had produced a single unite of electricity in the last four years.

On Shahbaz Sharif's suggestion of using half of Rs 400 billion of circular debt on electricity, he said, "No doubt unscheduled load shedding could be ended without any delay if all provinces share Rs 100 billion each with the federal government – following the Chaudhry Shujaat formula – but the Punjab CM will not agree to it for his own political interests."

Assuring the nation that any decision regarding resuming NATO supply would be made in the light of national interests, the PM said that negotiations were still underway, as Pakistan wanted new terms of engagement with US on the matter.


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