Targeting Zardari means targeting parliament, says Gilani

Prime Minister GilanISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Thursday that the memo case was a conspiracy against parliament because parliament consisted of the president, Senate and the National Assembly.“Targeting the president means targeting parliament.

I have spoken to the president today and he said he was feeling well and would fully recover soon,” the prime minister told parliamentarians from the coalition partners here at Parliament House prior to the National Assembly session. He recalled that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a public meeting in Faisalabad, had announced that he would approach the Supreme Court if the government did not take decision on the memo issue within 10 days.

“The government took the decisions within four days and referred the matter to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security but he (Sharif) still went to the Supreme Court,” the prime minister said.Gilani said all the policy decisions would be taken by parliament because it was accountable to the people and therefore the authority to formulate national policies rested with it.

‘RED LINES’: Later, giving a police statement in the National Assembly, Gilani said the US and NATO forces would have to respect Pakistan’s “red lines”, which were sovereign equality, no unilateral actions inside Pakistan or against it and no transgression of its territorial frontiers. He said there would be no compromise on the country’s sovereignty, its legitimate interests, and that its territorial frontiers would be defended at all costs. – PT