Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari and
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday reviewed the political situation in Pakistan against the backdrop of tensions caused by the Memogate scandal even as the government denied reports that the President planned to travel to London.
Gilani and Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali
Khan, a key leader of the ruling coalition, called on Zardari
at Bilawal House in Karachi tonight.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah too attended the
This was the first meeting between the President and the
Prime Minister since Zardari returned to Pakistan from Dubai
Zardari`s abrupt departure for Dubai on December 6 had
sparked rumours that he had fled the country because of
pressure from the military to resign over the Memogate
The leaders discussed the "overall political situation
with particular reference to the latest developments",
presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on the
Zardari and briefed him on the law and order situation.
Zardari also spoke to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana
Fazlur Rehman on phone and discussed the current political
Presidential spokesman Babar contradicted reports in a
section of the media that Zardari was planning to leave for
"Reports of his leaving for London are speculative and
untrue. The President is in the country, is here to stay and
there are no plans to travel abroad," he said.