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Pakistan

Web Desk
February 22, 2021

Senate elections: Former PM Gillani thinks establishment is 'completely neutral'

Web Desk
Mon, Feb 22, 2021
Former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani addressing a press conference in Islamabad, on February 22, 2021. Photo: Screengrab from YouTube via Geo News.

  • Gillani says his victory will be a victory for the "forces of democracy"
  • Former PM thanks PDM for showing confidence in him
  • Gillani refutes rumours he met or established contact with Jahangir Tareen

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said that it appears as if the establishment is "completely neutral" and not taking sides with the ruling party, according to Geo News. 

This was said by the PPP leader as he held a press conference with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Monday to talk about the upcoming Senate elections. 

The former prime minister thanked the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for placing their confidence in him, adding that he would represent the alliance in the Senate. 

The former prime minister said that he had gotten elected in 2008 as the prime minister of the country through a consensus, adding that he had secured 264 votes to become prime minister after the 2008 general elections.

"I secured the votes on the basis of my cordial relations [with parliamentarians]," he said. The ex-premier said he would go individually to meet each member of the PDM.

"My victory in the Senate elections will be a victory for the forces of democracy," he said, congratulating the PDM for its candidates' victory in the recent elections.

Gillani refutes reports of meeting Jahangir Tareen

The former prime minister refuted speculation that he met PTI leader Jahangir Tareen. "I have neither met Jahangir Tareen neither established contact with him," he said.

In response to a question, Gillani said that it appears as if the establishment is neutral. The former prime minister did not elaborate the context on which he was speaking about.

Senate polls: Nawaz assures Zardari of PML-N's support for Yusuf Raza Gilani

Earlier, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Saturday offered full support to PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari for Gilani, the PDM’s joint candidate for the Senate polls from Islamabad, sources told Geo News.

Nawaz had assured Zardari of his party’s support in a telephone call between the two leaders. Sources had also said that the former president then told Gilani to speak to the PML-N supremo separately.

Apart from the Senate elections, the two leaders also spoke about the PDM’s upcoming long march to Islamabad.