May 13

Gilani resigns from PPP vice chairmanship

gilaniMULTAN: Former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani resigned from senior vice chairmanship of the Pakistan People’s Party, accepting unsatisfactory performance of the party in general elections 2013.

Addressing a press conference at local press club on Monday, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani maintained that his performance as senior vice chairman should not be linked to party’s performance. “I am tendering the resignation on basis of elections results,” stated Gilani.

He also wished that the party should be re-organised and new leadership should take the responsibility to lead the party.

Gilani observed that the PPP could not run election campaign properly due to security threats. He added that they had to convene public meeting on May 9 but could not manage due to security concern and, adding that his son was also abducted.

He maintained that some democratic forces were not provided level playing field for campaigning.

Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani remarked that the PPP emerged as second largest political party in the country and it would play the role of an active opposition. He observed that PPP as opposition party would appreciate the good working of government and criticise its wrong policies.

To a query about election results, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said the party was assessing results of different polling stations. He, however, added that many things related to the elections result would be clear within next four days.

About south Punjab province, Gilani remarked that south Punjab province was demand of local people.

He stated the Party could not materialise the popular public wish which resulted in PPP’s defeat in the region. He observed that people did not vote for PPP in reaction to its failure regading people’s demand for a separate province.

To a question about Altaf Hussain’s statement regarding Karachi, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani remarked that Karachi was an economic city of Pakistan and the MQM was an important party and should not be pushed to wall.

To a question whether Nawaz Sharif as prime minister would overcome different crises, the former prime minister stated ” I wish well for him”.