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Accepted SC verdict to ensure continuity of democracy: Gilani

July 07, 2012

Yousuf Raza Gilani was dismissed as Prime Minister by the Supreme Court on June 19, after being convicted of contempt in April for refusing to reopen the multi-million-dollar cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.—AFP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said that he chose to walk away from the PM House after the Supreme Court verdict to ensure that the parliamentary system put in place by democratic forces should continue to function and the Parliament completes its term.

Gilani, while speaking here to members of the Pakistan People’s Party Human Rights Cell, said that democracy provided the space within which people with different opinions and at times opposing views, could engage in a serious dialogue to resolve complex issues.

“Democracy encourages tolerance and continuity that is essence of the democratic system, which is important for the protection of fundamental freedom and human rights”, he said.

“The devolution of power to the provinces coupled with consensus 7th NFC Award are some of the historic steps of my government, which have strengthened federation,” added the former prime minister.