Gilani thanks Pak, US govts for recovery of his son

MULTAN: Former premier Yusuf Raza Gilani thanked US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif and armed forces on helping recover his son.

He said this while addressing the people, youth, workers from different political parties at Gilani House, giving red carpet welcome to Ali Haider Gilani in his hometown Tuesday. “This is painful for me that some newspapers are wrongly painting that I have paid Rs 750 million ransom for release of my son. The information published in some newspapers is baseless,” Gilani said.

Gilani said the country is passing through a crucial juncture in fighting against extremism and terrorism. He paid special thanks to US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and US ambassador to Pakistan for congratulating him on recovery of his son. She said safe recovery of Ali Haider Gilani through US forces is a gesture of friendship with Pakistan.

Gilani thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on helping his son rescuing from Kabul to Pakistan in his plane.

He said PPP had launched operation against militants in Swat and Malakand and rehabilitated IDPs in a short span period of 90 days.

Some people were crying for dialogues and opposed military operation when PPP had launched operation. The PPP stance has proved justified launching operation Operation Zarb-i-Azab.

Gilani welcome Nawaz on approaching parliament on Panama Leaks. It is a good omen that Imran who had opposed parliament is going to address because of democratic values and culture set by last PPP government. The parliament is the only elected house of 180 million people.

Gilani offered government for cooperation on elimination of corruption. He said PPP always respected the judiciary. He said he was not afraid of courts or jails. He said he awarded jobs to unemployed youth and his accountability body was Public Accounts Committee but his case was sent to NAB.

Later, those who sent his case in NAB elected him prime minister. He said years later, his case has been sent to PAC Chairman Khurshid Shah and his stance had proved true in letter and spirit. He said Gilani family is committed to serve the masses.

Speaking on the occasion, Ali Haider Gilani sent his message to kidnappers that he belongs to Gilani family and he was not afraid of them. He thanked people of Multan for praying for his safe recovery. Earlier, Ali Haider was brought from Multan airport in a big rally. Ghous Al Azam road was packed and all sorts of traffic was diverted to other roads.