KARACHI, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said focus of government had been on development regardless of war against terrorism, floods, energy crisis and other challenges. He said so far it spent a huge amount of Rs 1.5 trillion on this count. The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting on the occasion of 45th Youm-e-Tasees of Pakistan Peoples Party at Sindh Chief Minister House here. Addressing the occasion, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani felicitated the workers and well-wishers of the PPP on party’s Foundation Day and lauded the struggle of all activists of the party. Prime Minister Gilani appreciated the untiring spirit of every worker in the party and said that “it was only because of their commitment that we achieved this democratic environment.”
“PPP is the only party where not only the workers, but the leaders too have given great sacrifices” he added.
Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani reiterated
the commitment to the process of reconciliation that was initiated by
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
He said PPP Co-chairman President
Asif Ali Zardari and his team have sincerely followed the path of
reconciliation and continue to do so.
“The PPP is an ideological party, it is a philosophy and we all continue to work as per its vision”, he said.
On the memo issue, PM Gillani, reiterated his commitment to the sovereignty of Pakistan and said that “we will wait for the investigation by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.”
He said as the head of Nuclear
Command Authority, he is looking into the matter himself and as the
Chief Executive, will ensure that the issue is properly dealt with.
Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said “we
must all remain united and not allow enemies of Pakistan to take
advantage of our political differences.”
The Prime Minister said people
opposing the PPP must realize that the country comes first and not their
opposition against the party or government.
“As a democratic nation we must
respect all our institutions and have faith in the Parliament where
elected representatives from various parties are sitting today,” he
He said the NATO attack was a
tragedy and Pakistan strongly protested over it. “We cannot allow our
people to feel insecure and no one can take us for granted”, he added.
Gilani reiterated that Pakistan’s
sovereignty will always be the utmost priority for the governemnt and
“we are implementing decisions of the Parliament.”
The Prime Minister said “The world
must respect our sacrifices against terrorism and honor the role that
Pakistan continues to play”.
Prime Minister Gillani said that today “there is political activity and people are busy doing ‘jalsas’.”
He said “Pakistan Peoples Party has
sacrificed leadership and workers for this democracy and we truly value
the environment today.”
He said the people who only want personal welfare are opportunists and can go to any degree for their personal interest,
Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani appreciated the role of President Asif Ali Zardari and commended his efforts during the challenging situations.
Chief Minster Sindh Syed Qaim Ali
Shah welcomed the Prime Minister and thanked him for his regular visits
to the province which provided guidance, both political and
The CM Sindh apprised the Prime
Minister on the recent developments in the province and appreciated his
efforts as an elected Prime Minster who worked untiringly for almost
The meeting was attended by CM
Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Senior Minster, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Deputy
Speaker Sindh Assembly, Shahla Raza, Sindh Ministers Agha Siraj Durrani,
Manzoor Hussain Wassan, Haji Muzzafar Shujra, Ms. Shazia Marri, Rafiq
Engineer, Nadeem Bhutto, Sajjid Jokhio, Akhtar Jadoon, Nargis N.D Khan,
MNAs Abdul Qadir Patel, Nabeel Ahmed Gabol, MPAs Farzana Baloch, Saleem
Hingoro, Ms. Shama Mithani, Special Assistants to CM Waqar Mehdi and
Rashid Rabbani, President, PPP Karachi Division Senator, Syed Faisal
Raza Abidi, General Secretary PPP Karachi Division, Muhammad Ismail
Brohi and other notables.
Earlier, the meeting commenced with
Tilawat and Fateha for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Madar-e-Jamhoriat,
Begum Nusrat Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and martyred party
workers and those who lost their lives in the recent NATO forces attack
on two posts in Pakistan border area.