No corruption case against me, says Gilani

Gilani said there is no case of corruption against him and he is performing his role to uphold and protect the constitution.

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said in London that there is no corruption case against him, it was reported here.

Gilani on Friday said there is no case of corruption against him and he is performing his role to uphold and protect the constitution, reported a news agency of Pakistan.

He said that if all institutions work within the constitution, then there will be no conflict and he has been working within the parameters of the constitution.

On April 26, Gilani was convicted for contempt of court by the Supreme Court that gave him a symbolic sentence till rising of the court for refusing to write to Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Gilani was indicted for contempt of court Feb 13.

Accused of graft, Zardari was granted amnesty under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in 2007 by then president Pervez Musharraf to facilitate his return home and, primarily that of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The NRO that granted immunity to politicians and bureaucrats in corruption cases was struck down in 2009 by the Supreme Court as void.

Gilani on Friday asked British investors to focus on Pakistan and not to be overly concerned about the "exaggerated perception" about security situation in Pakistan, it was reported here.

Addressing a businessmen`s reception in London, Gilani said he was cognizant of the concerns about security situation in the region, and that the perception was contrary to the situation on the ground, reported a news agency of Pakistan.

"Despite the negative security perceptions of Pakistan in the media, the trade and investment environment has remained positive," he said.
Gilani said those who have done business in Pakistan continue to return due to the opportunities offered by the market.
Pakistan has been hit by a string of terror attacks, specially since last year`s killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad town by US commandos.


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