Gilani ready to welcome Imran Khan, Qadri in Islamabad on Aug 14

Ex-PM suggests PM Nawaz to strengthen cabinet, keep away from ‘advisers’

MULTAN – Former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has blamed the federal government for the political turmoil in Pakistan and said he would welcome long marches of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to Islamabad.

Speaking at a ceremony, Gilani said that the Pakistan People’s Party government showed patience during the long march of the Pakistan Muslim League-N. “I would have welcomed the ‘Azadi March’ and ‘Revolution March’ of PTI and PAT to Islamabad,” he stated.

The former prime minister feared that the rulers would lose the government due to their own mistakes. He stated that protests and rallies cannot put an end to a government. He advised Nawaz Sharif that he must keep his anger and emotions aside and then take decisions.

He suggested that the PM should strengthen the cabinet and keep away from the advisers who give him wrong advices. Gilani said that it was him who restored judiciary, not former army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Calling the military in Islamabad under Article 245 of the constitution was unjustified, he said.

The former prime minister said that he would have advised the government to impose Article 245 in the capital if the situation had gotten out of control.

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