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PML-N trying to step in judges' shoes: Gilani

18 May, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and said it is not written in the constitution that any political party, particularly the PML-N, would implement the SC orders.

Talking to reporters after a telecommunication event, a confident Gilani bluntly said they were not bound to implement the court orders.

To a question regarding the appointment of the chief election commissioner, the premier said he had sought recommendations from the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, but the latter said he did not accept him as the PM.

Gilani said that the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Election Commission, headed by PPP lawmaker Khursheed Shah, would now oversee the issue.

The prime minister said those conspiring against him wanted to expel him from his office before the creation of Saraiki province, adding that creation of this province was not only his wish, but also the aspiration of 40 million people of the Saraiki belt.

To a question about resumption of NATO supplies, Gilani said the supply routes would be opened once talks of various ministries conclude.

To another question regarding the Chicago conference, he said President Asif Zardari would attend the summit and Pakistan had been invited unconditionally.

The prime minister said the government was trying to end load shedding.

About the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, Gilani said work on the project was underway. To a question about army offensive in North Waziristan, Gilani said that the army could take measures against foreign militants on its own. Earlier, addressing the event, Gilani said, "We need to ensure that the dividends of any economic and technological progress trickle down to the people of Pakistan, particularly to the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as women and girls.

In a globalised world, women and girls play a key role in reducing poverty, fostering economic development and promoting social cohesion for themselves, their families and their countries. Here I would like to pay special tribute to the daughter of this country, late Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa, who proved that therefore, it is very important to bring women into the mainstream so that they can play their due role in the development of our country."

He announced to establish Arfa Karim Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad. He directed the Information Technology Ministry to provide community computers at schools, colleges, union councils and other rural hubs within three months. For increasing broadband penetration, he ordered the Capital Development Authority to make broadband wiring mandatory in every building plan such as electricity wiring and gas piping.

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