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Letter to Swiss authorities not matter of defeat or victory: Kaira

September 25, 2012


Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman. – File Photo by APP

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that writing a letter to Swiss authorities was not a matter of defeat or victory, as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was very much obeying the Supreme Court orders.

Briefing media representatives at the residence of Punjab Assembly’s Opposition Leader Raja Riaz, the information minister said that the PPP had not taken a u-turn on the issue, as it had never taken the stance of not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities.

The party was presenting viewpoint with the consent of its legal advisors according to the changing situation, he added. He explained that during Gilani's tenure, the Supreme Court had not left any other option for the government, and now the PPP had avenues, as the court was listening to the federal government's narrations after the issue was debated on the media and in legal circles.

He added that earlier, Aitzaz Ahsan had also expressed his concerns that the apex court was not considering the facts but focusing on a lower court decision.

Kaira said the PPP had consulted with all the quarters concerned, which were necessary in this regard and now the matter turning towards perfection, adding that the former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was also present in the meeting held on the issue of Swiss letter and he (Gilani) was very much consulted on the matter.

The minister pointed out that the Swiss letter was that letter about which Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif had admitted in Sohail Warraich's (a senior journalist) book on interviews, that they had done injustice with the PPP and were forced to implicate its leadership in such cases and they (PML-N) had never contradicted this report.

Commenting on local body elections, Kaira said that both PPP and MQM are progressive parties and they have developed a consensus on the issue, however, sometimes the allied parties face deadlock on some issues but they also found their solutions as well.

The government and the ANP’s top leadership have also made it clear that Ghulam Ahmed Bilour had made on his own the statement about $ 100,000 head money of Terry John, the producer of sacrilegious movie, he responded to a Reporter's query.