Anti-state elements have no right to live in Pakistan: Gilani

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Former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that those who speak against the country or raise anti-state slogans have no right to live here.

Addressing a convention of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers on Friday, he said Pakistan came into being after the rendering of hundreds of thousands of sacrifices. He said his party respected the mandate given to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Waseem Akhtar as the Karachi mayor.

Gilani castigated India for committing atrocities in India-held Kashmir. He said the PPP would raise voice against violence in Indian-held Kashmir at every forum to express solidarity with Kashmiris.

Gilani claimed that he was asked to take an unconstitutional step to save his premiership, but he did not do so.

Gilani said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was a government of businessmen who were not aware of people’s problems while Imran Khan was incapable of running a government. He said that the PPP was the only party which truly represented the people.

Talking about the re-organisation of the PPP, he said that opinion of party workers is being sought and soon a conclusion would come out.

“State institutions are highly respected as the country would be stable if they were strengthened. Neither Pakistani land should be used for anyone else nor other’s land be used against Pakistan,” Gilani added.

Former governor Punjab and PPP leader Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood, Shaukat Basra, Khawaja Rizwan Alam, Dr Javid Siddique, Mureed Qureshi and others also spoke on the occasion.