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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

Pakistani PM denies rift with president Zardari

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

[caption id="attachment_2783" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Gilani strongly rejected the notion that the two offices had a lack of mutual understanding, saying he enjoyed complete harmony with the President. "]Gilani strongly rejected the notion that the two offices had a lack of mutual understanding, saying he enjoyed complete harmony with the President. [/caption]

Islamabad, 22 July, (Asiantribune.com): The Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday dispelled the impression that there is any misunderstanding between him and President Asif Ali Zardari.

‘I meet the President regularly and have frequent telephone talks with him over all issues,’ the Prime Minister told reporters during his visit to Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) Islamabad on Tuesday.

Rejecting the notion that PM and president offices had lack of mutual understanding, the Pakistani Prime Minister said he enjoys complete harmony with the President. The Prime Minister termed the reshuffling of Cabinet as a ‘routine matter’ which was on the cards.

It is to be mentioned here that there was general feeling that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani appears set to enhance his control over the Pakistan government, having cancelled the appointment of an ambassador nominated by President Asif Ali Zaradari and planning to remove three ministers considered close to him.

Over the weekend, Gilani cancelled the appointment of Jahanzeb Khan -- a member of the lowly District Management Group from which deputy commissioners are chosen -- as the envoy to France.

It has been widely reported that Khan, known for his links with French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s brother Guillaume, was chosen for the post by Zardari. Though Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi intervened after career diplomats expressed their opposition to the move, he was unable to sway Zardari.

Besides Gilani also took a different stance viz viz Indian threat to Pakistan which is quite opposite to that of the Zardari who believes India does not pose a threat to Pakistan.

Gilani also brought issue of Indian interference in Balochistan during his recent meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

- Asian Tribune -

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