Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. — File photo

ISLAMABAD, Jan 29: With only a handful of weeks left for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the government, the PPP leader is making full use of his position as the chief executive of the country to woo voters from his home constituency in Gujar Khan.

On Tuesday, he invited over 200 lawyers, the members of the Gujar Khan Bar Association, to a high tea at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.

On the face of it, the event was organised to administer oath to elected office-bearers of the bar association, but the invitation was extended to all members of the association, not just the office-bearers.

So, after the oath-taking ceremony administrated by Law Minister Farooq H. Naek well over 200 invitees were served with tea and delicacies.

This is not the first time that Mr Ashraf has invited people from his home constituency to munch on freshly cooked food at the expense of taxpayers’ money.

Since his election as premier in June last year, the prime minister has had been regularly inviting what his media wing calls ‘notables’ from his hometown of Gujar Khan for lunches and dinners.

In his speech on the occasion, Prime Minister Ashraf had nothing new to say except reiterate his party’s mantra — political reconciliation and completion of the five-year term by assemblies.

“We introduced politics of patience, tolerance and reconciliation which has started paying dividends,” Prime Minister Ashraf told the audience. He said that with a strong democratic set-up and with the completion of the tenure of democratically elected parliament for the first time in the history of the country, it had been recognised that affairs of the country could only be run through a democratic system.

He said that with the completion of the tenure of the present government, democracy had been strengthened and all the stakeholders had forged a consensus that the democratic system should stay.

Updated Jan 29, 2013 10:05pm

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Rafiq Ahmed
Jan 30, 2013 12:34pm
"High Tea!!!" Who does this man think he is? The Queen?
Jan 30, 2013 01:12pm
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or takes them with gratitude
Jan 30, 2013 03:02pm
"We introduced politics of patience, tolerance and reconciliation '.... like it was a favor. They have nothing else to say or show for the last five years. I have a few words corruption, Inflation, debt, load-shedding, terrorism, nepotism....
Jan 30, 2013 03:44pm
Pride of GujarKhan !!!
Cyrus Howell
Jan 30, 2013 04:46pm
Change the name of this palace to The House of Woo.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 30, 2013 04:51pm
Democracy and Liberty are not the same word. Freedom is the small candle glowing in the dark.
Jan 30, 2013 04:59pm
Simply disgusting, I wonder how he sleeps at night.
Jan 30, 2013 09:40am
What an irony and yet the nation is in its deepest slumber!
Jan 30, 2013 07:10pm
It happens only in Pakistan :) A person who spent tax payers money to generate power (electricity) but only produced money for himself - what else do you expect?
Jan 30, 2013 08:45pm
And what do you expect from raja saheb?
Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 30, 2013 09:02pm
One doesn't need to be a QUEEN to enjoy high tea. High tea is term used in Australia for evening meal. Other words are supper, evening supper, or dinner.
Zeeshan Syed
Jan 31, 2013 11:04am
This is exactly what people of Pakistan wanted and then voted for. Come election 2013, they’ll be voting for the same mindset again, only different yet old faces aka Nawaz Shareef and Co. Yes, please feed your children that constitution that you hold so dear to your hearts. Pay that paper to the world to teach your children and send them to universities. Oh and perhaps also use the same piece of paper to pay your bills. Surely that must be the reason why you ousted Musharraf and elected people like Zardari and now on your way to vote for Nawaz Shareef. I used to feel bad about our people, about my country. No any more though and perhaps never again. The nation, the mindset and the people who are hellbent on self-annihilation can’t be saved and perhaps deserve less of the world’s concerns and of course money.
Jan 30, 2013 11:00pm
Democracy means, Democracy is the best revenge, best revenge means use the golden opportunity to rip off the country.
Jan 31, 2013 01:09am
Democracy, Shaheed Bhutto, Shaheed Benazir - these are the slogans PPP is thriving on.
Jan 31, 2013 03:10am
Be glad with the democracy,Pakistani style.
Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 30, 2013 02:11pm
In the hand of Raja Parvez Ashraf (in the picture) I see no heart line. Any palmist would agree with me. Now, friends, you figure it out yourself, he has no heart, no emotions for anything. If The line I see is a heart line then he has no brain line; which is worse.
M. Asghar
Jan 30, 2013 11:18am
What does mean democracy with total darkness in the country?
Jan 30, 2013 08:58am
Wake up, people of Pakistan!
Jan 30, 2013 05:22am
PM please pay such from your pocket and not from our pockets/tax payers.
Jan 30, 2013 08:03am
This is what is expected from already scandalized person and he is using his authority as pre poll rigging to please people form his constituency this called mal muft dil beyraham. CEC and CJ should take a serious note of this act and issue order for all office bearers to stop using public fund on their personal election campaign. I am sure Allah has blessed him with so much of wealth that otheriwse he can afford to through such personal parties at his own.