Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:56
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Tuesday technically accepted the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, but expressed reservations over the Supreme Court judgment, PPP's General Secretary Jehangir Badr said on Tuesday.
Qamar Zaman Kaira and Raja Pervez Ashraf accompanied him during a press conference after a meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) held at the Presidency.
However, they said that the final decision would be taken in a meeting of PPP and its coalition partners being held on Tuesday night at the Presidency.
They said that on Tuesday, the CEC gave mandate and full authority to PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari to take a decision in the current circumstances.
Jehangir Badr said that the PPP accepted the apex court's decision on the Prime Minister's disqualification. However, the party would chalk out its strategy after a meeting with its coalition partners starting at 8pm on Tuesday at the Presidency.
Answering a question about the existence of the cabinet, Jehangir Badar said that the Cabinet stood dissolved after the disqualification of the Prime Minister. "Anywhere in the world, wherever the PM goes the Cabinet also goes," he said.
"We listened to the news of disqualification of the Prime Minister by the Supreme Court during the meeting of the party's CEC. The PPP reviewed the apex court's decision in the meeting and was unanimous to call a meeting of its coalition partners before determining its line of action," Badr said.
Qamar Zaman Kaira said that although the PPP had reservations over the Supreme Court judgment, he advised party workers not to engage in any sort of protest demonstrations. He said that the PPP would decide its future course of action after consultations with its coalition partners.
Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the democratic process would continue without any interruption and the PPP would continue to play its positive role in the greater national interest.
He said the CEC authorised President Asif Ali Zardari to finalise PPP's line of action PPP in the days ahead.
Answering a question, Kaira said that the PPP would also take up the issue of calling the National Assembly session in the meeting with its collation partners.