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Gilani doesn’t fear arrest

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said he does not fear arrest and will appear in the court on June 16 without seeking a protective bail. “All of my decisions as prime minister of the country are protected under Article 248(1) of the constitution. I have no doubt about immunity the law of the land provides me in my acts as the chief executive,” Gilani told Daily Times on Saturday via phone. He said his stance is very much clear on the issue of appointments and transfers he ordered during his stint in the office. “Why do I need a protective bail when I am satisfied that I have done nothing wrong? What I did was in my official capacity. I don’t care if government arrests me,” he said, referring to non-bailable warrants issued for him by an accountability court in Karachi over his alleged involvement in multi-billion TDAP scandal. Gilani said that PPP has always been facing courts and even the NAB in the past. He said he has declined an invitation for visit to Norway because the dates coincided with his hearing at the courts. “Leader of the organising committee of Pakistan’s National Day in Norway (14 August committee) Aamir Sheikh has invited me to an international event being held in Norway next week. I was to leave on June 10 but have opted to stay here and appear in the courts. I don’t want an impression to develop that we are afraid of facing the courts,” he said.

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