Gilani skips son`s walima to attend emergency meeting

Yousuf Raza Gilani left the `walima` or reception of his son to chair a meeting of the Cabinet on the wake of Nato attack killing Pakistani soldiers.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 11:06 AM IST

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
on Sunday missed a reception celebrating his son`s marriage when
he rushed to the federal capital to chair an emergency meeting
to formulate Pakistan`s response to a cross-border NATO air
strike that killed 24 soldiers.

Gilani left the `walima` or reception of his son Ali Musa
Gilani at his hometown of Multan to chair a meeting of the
Defence Committee of the Cabinet.

The meeting decided to close all NATO supply routes and
to ask the US to vacate within 15 days the Shamsi airbase in
Balochistan, which is believed to be a secret base for
American drone.

The premier had been on a three-day visit to Multan,
where he was scheduled to attend the walima or reception of
his son and to review and inaugurate several development
projects.

Dignitaries from across the country, including Chief
Ministers, federal and provincial ministers, members of the
National and provincial assemblies and senior officials
attended the walima.

Gilani cut short his visit this afternoon and returned to
the capital, where he met President Asif Ali Zardari and
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar before chairing the DCC
meeting.

Addressing a public gathering in Multan, Gilani vowed
that the people would stand united with the armed forces and
not let anyone threaten Pakistan’s sovereignty and
independence.

PTI