Gilani rejects misunderstandings with Zardari
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 18:11
Islamabad: Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday sought to dispel the impression that there were misunderstandings between him and President Asif Ali Zardari, asserting that they enjoyed "complete harmony" and had regular interactions on all issues.

"I meet the President regularly and have frequent telephonic talks with him on all issues," he told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to a medical facility here.

Gilani rejected the notion that there was a lack of "mutual understanding" between him and Zardari. He said he "enjoyed complete harmony" with the President.

Over the weekend, Gilani cancelled the appointment of an ambassador nominated by Zardari and firmed up plans to remove at least three members of his Cabinet considered close to the presidency.

Gilani, who has earned praise from his countrymen for bringing up India's alleged "interference" in Balochistan during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Egypt, 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.

A media report said Gilani is determined to remove "at least three important buddies of President Zardari" from key ministries during an upcoming reshuffle of his Cabinet.

Gilani has made it clear that he does not intend to toe the President's line in other areas, including relations with India.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 18:11

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