PPP decides on no response from president in memo case

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The top brass of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Wednesday night resolved not to submit a response from President Asif Ali Zardari in the memogate case but said the final decision would be taken after the nod from the president himself.
A source privy to the details of the meeting told Pakistan Today that the meeting discussed at length the response to the court by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in the memogate case and finalised its strategy to deal with it in the court, media and in public. Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq briefed the meeting on the contents of the affidavit submitted by the army chief and discussed ways and means to deal with the situation with prudence and political acumen.
“During the meeting, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani briefed the participants about his successive interactions with the chief of army staff to convince him not to respond to the apex court. He said that since the parliamentary committee was already probing the memo controversy, there was no logic in taking up the matter in court,” said the source. The source said the attorney general briefed the meeting on possibilities for a response from President Zardari. “Former law minister Babar Awan also gave his input to deal with the issue but the prime minister and Syed Khurshid Shah advised avoiding any head-on collision with the military and judicial establishment. Some participants were of the view that the party should use media and other public forums to take the people into confidence on threats faced by the democratic setup,” the source said.
The source also said a follow-up meeting was likely in the wee hours of Thursday with President Zardari in the chair.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s House spokesman denied that a PPP Core Committee meeting was held there. The spokesman said speculations about such a meeting had no basis.
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Akram Shaheedi told Pakistan Today that no meeting of the Core Committee had taken place. When asked whether a group of ministers had met the premier, the spokesman said ministers did meet Gilani from time to time but no such meeting was held as reported by a section of the press.

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  1. Babar Awan and company will bring another blow to the Party and President.
    He has his own agendas and selfish motives to degrade the party founded by Z.A. Bhutto – at the time of Bhutto's death Mr. Awan was the one who distribute sweet and cheered.
    Some people do have short memories, but not all.

  2. What a country and what an institution. The Ministry of Defence has written to SC that army and ISI are not under its control. Why blame AAZ for the stand army and ISI has taken of not accepting the supremacy of political leadership and being above all governmental control and supervision. Ministry of Defence should is a civilian arm to supervise army. But who care…..

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