Lahore: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
on Sunday challenged political parties plotting to dislodge his
government, saying they would get a chance to test their
popularity in the general election scheduled for 2013.
Against the backdrop of reports that the main opposition
PML-N plans to launch a drive against the Pakistan People`s
Party-led government, Gilani told a gathering in the capital
of Punjab province that those who are "ambitious to come to
power" would have to wait till the next general election.
Without naming the PML-N or its chief, former premier
Nawaz Sharif, Gilani said a party that had been in power
twice, and was now seeking to dislodge the government, had
failed to give a "manifesto for the people".
He said when former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had
dismissed this party`s government, the PPP stood by its leader
to save democracy.
People would exercise their right to vote in favour of
the party having the best performance and a public
service-oriented manifesto in the next election, Gilani said.
"One must support the federal political party that
guarantees security, development and integrity of the
country," he added.
The PPP, he contended, was the largest party as it has
roots in all four provinces of Pakistan as well as
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
"The essence of the PPP manifesto is democracy, which is
in the blood of its leadership and workers," he said.
Listing his government’s achievements, Gilani said it had
restored the spirit of the 1973 Constitution through the 18th
However, he remarked that terrorism was the "single major
challenge posing a great threat to Pakistan and its
Gilani, who was addressing a function to mark the laying
of the foundation stone for a lawyers hospital, called on the
legal fraternity to play an effective role in fighting
"We have to fight this menace come what may," he said.