Islamabad: The rulling PPP on Monday reposed
"full confidence" in the leadership of President Asif Ali
Zardari and Prime Minister Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
following its strong election performance which has given the
government some breathing space amid standoffs with Pakistan`s
judiciary and the powerful military.
The meeting of federal ministers and senior leaders of
the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was chaired by Zardari and
It decided to employ the "distinct political advantage"
of being the single largest party in the Senate in the
"service of democracy and welfare of the people", presidential
spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
It reposed "full confidence" in the leadership of Zardari
and Gilani, he said.
The meeting lauded Zardari and the PPP leadership on the
party`s success in the Senate polls and the government`s
distinction of holding two consecutive Senate elections
"despite the hurdles created by the detractors".
It focussed on the political scenario, with "particular
reference to the post-Senate elections situation", he said. It
also discussed the President`s forthcoming address to
parliament, which would be Zardari`s fifth address in a row.
The PPP and its allies won a majority of the 54 seats in
the Senate that went to the polls on March 2. After bagging 19
seats, the PPP became the single largest party in the Senate
with 41 members.
The win came in the wake of a strong performance by the
PPP in bye-polls to 10 seats in the national and provincial
assemblies, giving a further boost to the party.
Observers said the PPP?s performance in the Senate
elections will give much-needed breathing space to the party
and Zardari following debilitating standoffs with the
judiciary and the military.
The Supreme Court has kept up its pressure on the
government to reopen corruption cases against Zardari.
Gilani is currently facing contempt charges for failing
to act on the court’s orders.
Relations between the government and the powerful
military were strained late last year by a mysterious memo
that sought US help to stave off a coup in the aftermath of
the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The army is opposed to Zardari and its call for a probe
by the Supreme Court into the memo scandal was seen as an
attempt to pressure the President to quit.