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Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his son Abdul Qadir Gilani. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: It appears that all routes for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to come out of the political wilderness are being blocked. Besides losing the premiership, he has been disqualified for the next general elections for committing contempt of court in the NRO verdict implementation case. Now his party also appears to be turning its back on him.

Many in the PPP are agog over the latest episode of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) serving notices on him and his elder son for their alleged role in the Haj corruption case.

Talking to Dawn, a senior PPP minister said: “This is simply beyond my understanding why the FIA which by all means falls under the administrative control of our government is haunting the Gilani family. It simply looks absurd to say the least.” He said Interior Minister Rehman Malik could be the best person to say why the FIA was after the Gilanis.

On Wednesday, Abdul Qadir Gilani threatened to resign along with his younger brother from the National Assembly if the FIA didn’t withdraw notices served on them for the investigation.

In a fiery speech in the National Assembly, he said the interior minister had refused to help him and his father, saying: “The FIA is out of my control.” The National Assembly asked the standing committee on rules of procedure and privileges to settle the matter within 48 hours.

When asked if reports about differences between President Asif Ali Zardari and Mr Gilani, who is senior vice chairman of the party, were correct, the minister said on the face it all looked fine, “but in politics everything is possible”.

After his sacking in June, the former prime minister moved to the presidency where he resided until the first week of last month when he left the place following reports of a rift between him and the party leadership.

After a week of heated debate in media over the political future of Mr Gilani in the event of his parting ways with the PPP, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf personally drove to the Islamabad Club and took him back to the presidency.

But during the first week of this month Mr Gilani again left the presidency and shifted to the nearby Sindh House. This time, he reportedly shifted because his family wanted more space.

Talking to Dawn, a PPP source close to the Gilanis said the family was not happy over the way it had been treated by the PPP leadership in general and government in particular.

If the source is to be believed, Mr Gilani had of late held a detailed meeting with the party co-chairman during which he spoke his heart out about how and he and his family were being marginalised.

“It’s really a great mystery, why the former prime minister who throughout followed the party guidelines and even sacrificed his job in the process is being sidelined,” said the source.

He said there were reports that President Zardari might turn up in Multan soon to assuage Mr Gilani’s concerns, because at the moment the Gilani family was feeling down and out and desperately needs a pat on the back.

Another PPP source said that with no chance of contesting the next elections unless the Supreme Court reviewed its judgment which led to his sacking and disqualification, Mr Gilani was not only disturbed about his political future but also about his sons who were facing corruption charges in various cases.

“The Gilani family appears to have had its time and challenges to their political careers appear to be getting tougher by the day.” Neither PPP spokesman Qamar Zaman Kaira not Mr Malik was available for comments.

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Raju Nov 17, 2012 09:04pm
true !
Raju Nov 17, 2012 08:58pm
these people enjoy these posh PM Houses and President House. They are just Elite paracites sucking national blood without any sense of accountability??? when FIA serves notice on a poor man no one cares but when notices are served on people who are politics it is beyond the normal life and is taken an insult. It means do corruption and stay in politics so no one can touch you. Where is the "rule of law" which say "All people are equal before law" as is the case in Law abiding countries like Britain, USA and Scadinavian Countries. But in our country it has become law of the Jungle where only "Might is Right". the poor and weak sufffer and beast enjoys the feast.
Hello1 Nov 16, 2012 07:56pm
He must carry his own cross. Remember the fatuous reply to Becky Anderson of CNN that if Pakistanis were unhappy with the state of affairs , who is stopping them from leaving. My question to Mr. Gilani is:"Who is stopping you?"
ish Nov 16, 2012 07:57pm
Mr. Gilani, What you sow is what you reap. You have been the most incompetent and deceitful PM in Pakistan.
Sheikh Nov 16, 2012 04:37pm
I know right... openly admitting that since Gilani family is part of the PPP, it is expected to be beyond FIA's reach. God save us from such people.
Muhammad Nov 16, 2012 11:38pm
Gilani sacrificed his job to protect Zardari, by not writing a letter to Swiss Authorities as directed by the SC. Now Zardari is abandoning him. Any body can think of some misterious reason why? I know Zardari is a shrewed and cunning man. What is his game now?
shan Nov 17, 2012 07:02am
you spoke my heart out,mr.Gilani wellcome to the jungle.
akram Nov 17, 2012 03:11am
we should make an appeal for gillani family in Supreme court for Mercy
talha Nov 17, 2012 02:30am
I hope the law becomes something that applies to all - rich and the poor, powerful and the weak, educated and the uneducated. The law is nobody's personal servant, use it whenever and get it off your back when you want.
Cyrus Howell Nov 24, 2012 01:48am
Let me pass one message along to Pakistan's present leadership. . Don't try to look important. Do important things.
Cyrus Howell Nov 24, 2012 01:51am
"Nobody is above the law." . Only in theory.
Cyrus Howell Nov 24, 2012 01:59am
"I know two types of law because I know two types of men; those who are with us and those who are against us." -- Hermann Goering, 1936
Cyrus Howell Nov 24, 2012 01:56am
I like your thinking ..... but.... ... "crime never pays!" (?) You are so wrong about that.
F Hyat Nov 17, 2012 02:06am
He should have moved out of the presidency asap if he had any self respect.
K.A.Muhammad Nov 17, 2012 01:57am
Kams, Crime breeds crime! And crime never pays! Its time now for you Mr. Y. R. Gillani to think where you went wrong! How many prime ministers of Pakistan or for that matter the Presidents left premiership or presidency with self respect, dignity and honor? Remember both these seats are accursed. and none shall be able to hold it, except God Loving and God Fearing ones!
Atique Nov 16, 2012 10:54pm
Pakistan will be better off without corrupt and incompetent Gilanis. Gilanis are in politics only for themselves.
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud) Nov 19, 2012 05:35pm
I wonder when Mr Zardari has to listen to this music.
Khawar Khyam Nov 16, 2012 03:29pm
Gilani's can always switch their loyalty with some other party. If you are getting enough dough from PPP then why not some where else.
S. Imam Nov 16, 2012 06:49pm
Finally, FIA is doing its job but politicians are trying their best to influence the outcome of the investigations. Jilanis must explain the amassing of wealth and its source.
Sam Nov 16, 2012 07:21am
It seems a good stage set by Mr.Zardari, since elections are nearby, and they need good candidate in Multan, Gilani's emotional trauma will definitely benefit both zardari and gilani to gather PPP votes in Multan.
Shahid Latif Nov 16, 2012 02:14pm
You put your trust in Mr. Zardari rather than following the law. You should have been your own man as the premier. It is pathetic that there was not one voice from PPP questioning Swiss accounts. So if you think one person is Almighty, you might as well continue to obey him. By the way You did not set a good example by exhibiting allegiance to an individual. Now do not expect your party members to support you.
kdspirited Nov 16, 2012 04:05pm
wow! only in this country the law breakers can go to the parliment and ask it to get the law off their backs why? because they are part of the ruling elite. And are so called parlimentarians oblige. These people should be held accountable for their deeds.
muzammil ullah khan Nov 17, 2012 09:44am
Why is this man so worried. He and his sons have made enough money to last a few generations. He should relax and enjoy his ill gotten wealth.
Masood Hussain Nov 16, 2012 07:05pm
To my mind Rehman Malik is the villain of this new drama. Being top Failure as interioror rior ministor, he is trying all the time divrting the issues very cleverly. He is good at arraingingA.Z & Altaf meetings. Both othem may pretend to be very clever but they can't beat Rehman Malik
Bhatti Nov 17, 2012 10:13am
Is it permissible to use the president house for lodging political figures such as ex PM Mr. Gilani? In a parliament system, the president is supposed to be above politics as he represents the entire nation and not a single political party
Cyrus Howell Nov 17, 2012 11:30am
The Federal Investigation Agency has cast it's lot with the Supreme Court. The FIA wants to try enforcing the law - to see what that's like.
Pakistani Nov 16, 2012 07:27am
Its about time these people hear the music. Gilani family should go and face the inquiry.
Jawwad Nov 16, 2012 03:37pm
I don't see an issue with this. He can go join PML-N. Isn't this what these politicians have been doing anyway for last 20 years?
Captain Pakistan Nov 16, 2012 10:27am
Ooops the audacity, my mistake along with the nation's for thinking that the law ALSO applies to you and your family Mr Gilani!
Khizr Nov 17, 2012 01:56pm
The superme court building should be vacated for Mr. Gilani and his family to use as their Islamabad based home. What is wrong in being investigated? after all nobody is above the law.
S. A. M. Nov 17, 2012 01:20pm
Dear Khaled Saheb, I agree with you that it is about time that YRG should think of the follies committed by himself and his children. but do you think that they would care?