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It's an act of political victimisation: Gilani

Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday termed corruption cases against PPP leaders as part of a campaign of political victimisation, but expressed the hope that the courts would dispense justice. Blaming the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he told media persons that FIA is a part of the government and cannot act without government's orders.

"During my tenure as prime minister, there was no political victimisation or political prisoner. 85 percent of the Charter of Democracy was implemented during my time. But if the PML-N still wishes to implement the remaining part of the CoD, we will support it," he said. He said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) compiled cases against him. He said that Pakistan People's Party (PPP) respects judiciary and judicial proceedings.

PPP leader said he had served five years in jail and that is why he worked against political victimisation during his tenure. As far as the Charter of Democracy is concerned, late Benazir and Nawaz Sharif signed the agreement and PPP upholds the charter to date, he added.

He said that PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari's statement against the government was out of a dejected heart. He said that there could not be two different laws in one country. He said that PPP denounces corruption and the party is in favour of operation in Karachi. But, he added, PPP would not tolerate such serious allegations. Gilani said that he got to know about another case against him when he was in the IHC.

Gilani said that any allegation could be levelled against the PPP but not that it was supporting extremism and terrorism. He said PPP suffered the most due to terrorism and pointed out that their leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was martyred by terrorists.

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