Answerable only to Parliament,not individual: Gilani

Embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said he was answerable only to Pakistan Parliament and not to any individual,days after the powerful military reacted angrily to his remarks criticising the army and intelligence chiefs over the memo scandal

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published:January 16, 2012 1:01 am

Embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said he was answerable only to Pakistan Parliament and not to any individual,days after the powerful military reacted angrily to his remarks criticising the army and intelligence chiefs over the memo scandal.

Gilani dismissed reports that President Asif Ali Zardari had sought an explanation or asked him to retract his remarks about the army and intelligence chiefs acting in an “unconstitutional and illegal” manner while filing affidavits on the memo issue in the Supreme Court.

“I am definitely answerable as Article 91 of the Constitution states the Prime Minister,ministers and ministers of state are answerable to parliament. If anyone has any complaints,I will not answer to any individual as I am answerable to parliament,” he said. “Whenever parliament wants,I can present my viewpoint before Parliament,” Gilani said while interacting with reporters at Vehari in Punjab province.

Gilani’s comments came after reports in a section of the media said army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had asked President Zardari during a meeting Saturday to direct the premier to explain or retract his remarks.

Gilani pointed out that the presidency had rejected the media reports. “You are saying there was talk of an explanation. Gen Kayani met the President and neither you nor I were present during their discussions. I can only accept any statement made by the President. The President has rejected reports that he had sought an explanation from me or that I take back my statement,” he told reporters.

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