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Meeting of parliamentarians of Pakistan People Party and allies parties was held at the Presidency with President

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Islamabad: A meeting of parliamentarians of PPP and allies parties was held at the Presidency with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and heads of allies parties in chair.

Speaker National Assembly Ms. Fehmida Mirza was also present.

The President while addressing the meeting congratulated the Prime Minister for appearing before the Supreme Court in a dignified and respectful manner.

The President while recounting various achievements of the coalition government during its tenure remarked that ‘We have done a lot and would continue to do much more for the welfare of the people especially the poor and marginalized.’

Heads of allied parties including Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan, Ch. Shujaat Hussain, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, Ch. Pervez Elahi, Syed Abbas Haider Rizvi and Senator Kalsum Perveen also spoke on the occasion and said that they have been with the Government and would continue to support the Government.

The meeting reposed full confidence in the Government and leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Ms. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and Syed Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs also addressed the meeting.

Ms. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari welcomed the Parliamentarians of coalition Parties to the Presidency.

The Prime Minister while addressing the meeting thanked the coalition leaders for the support extended for the strength of democracy and for accompanying him to the Supreme Court today as a token of esteem for Judiciary and reinforcing the Government’s commitment to ensure rule of law and strengthening of institutions.

He described it as a historic and unprecedented occasion in the history of Pakistan where the Chief Executive of the country submitted before the Supreme Court to uphold law of the land.

The PM said that joint session of the Parliament would soon be called to discuss new terms of engagements in the war against terror.

He also highlighted Government’s most notable achievement to stabilize economy and said that the Government was aware of the challenges facing the country. He said that the Government is trying to overcome gas and power issues and that he has already directed the Finance Minister to step up efforts to overcome the current power crisis.

Syed Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, while speaking said that the present Parliament during the last four years have done historic legislations wherein 107 bills have been passed adding that over 80% of these bills were passed unanimously.

He said that three bills were passed unanimously during this week which he said clearly negated the criticism that the Parliament was a rubber-stamp.

Syed Khursheed Shah said that passing of the National Commission for Women Bill 2011 today in the National Assembly was yet another milestone in realizing the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for safeguarding the rights of the women and their empowerment.

The President later hosted dinner for the parliamentarians.

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Haji Ahmed Malik
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Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
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