NATO supply; Final decision not yet taken: Gillani

PM Gilani has said that no final decision has been taken with regard to resumption of NATO supplies. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that no final decision has been taken with regard to resumption of NATO supplies so far. Talking to media on Friday after a meeting with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Pervez Elahi, he said that the Parliamentary Committee on National Security gave its recommendations and the Defense Committee of Cabinet had disused them. “I have four priorities for the upcoming budget,” said Gilani, listing them down as electricity, employment, no new taxes and relief to the agriculture sector. “We will ensure that relief is provided to the agriculture sector and also to other sectors through the Benazir Income Support Programmed (BISP),” he added. He said President Asif Ali Zardari was invited to Chicago summit unconditionally. He said the DCC endorsed the president’s visit. Answering a question regarding load shedding the prime minister said the government took it as a challenge and was putting efforts to overcome the power crisis. “No government wants to be weaken, “we added 3,000 megawatt to national grid and working on Tharal coal and several hydra power projects” Gilani said that agreements had also been signed with Iran and India for purchasing electricity. The prime minister said after 18th amendment provinces were independent to generate electricity and they should also be quizzed as how many megawatts they added to the national grid. To a question whether he would resign or not, the premier said there was only a single way to remove him from office and that was no-trust motion. He said democratic governments were ousted by unconstitutional means in the past but “now Pakistan could not afford such unconstitutional means”. He said he would remain prime minister until coalition partners backed him. “If anyone has courage or strength to oust me through no-trust motion or to impeach President he should do so,” he said and added that no long march would be taken out by opposition. He said that the PML-N was also a ruling party and its movement against the federal government was tantamount to revolt. When asked about his son’s involvement in the ephedrine case, Gilani said that his son, Ali Musa Gilani, was being accused because he is in politics. “Your hands will be black if you work with coal.” He added that his son will face the courts to clear the allegations and they don’t need to be apologetic about it.