Federal Cabinet’s strength to be under 18th amendment: Gilani

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that principled decision had been taken to make changes in the federal cabinet and announcement in this regard would be made soon.

Talking to an eight-member delegation of local journalists working for foreign media, which called on him here Sunday, he said the government did not take decision of cabinet’s down-sizing yet, however, the ministers strength in the cabinet would be ensured in accordance with the provisions of 18th amendment.

The Prime Minister said that war against terrorism was in the best interest of Pakistan, and all the political parties, civil society and armed forces were united to eliminate this monster forever.

He added that Pakistan’s forces and people had rendered supreme sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and extremism. Pakistan takes decision regarding war on terrorism at its own, he responded to a question, asserting, “We have made realised the international community that drone attacks are against Pakistan’s sovereignty and the world should provide drone technology to Pakistan so that we can eliminate terrorism and extremism at our own.”

Gilani said, Pakistan wanted to resolve all issues and disputes including Kashmir with India but through the process of dialogue.

He said that his Indian counterpart also had positive approach in this regard, however, he was under pressure by Indian people and parliament.

He said that a stable Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan and ‘we want peace and prosperity there’. Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and act carefully on all matters of national and international importance, he maintained.

To another query, the Premier said that democracy in Pakistan had been revived following great sacrifices of the leadership and workers of country’s political parties, citing, the benefits of the passage of NFC Award, internal autonomy to Gilgit-Baltistan, freedom of judiciary and media, and the 18th amendment, were now passed on to the common man.

To a question, he said, the government was not even considering to amend the Blasphemy Act, however, effective measures were needed to check the misuse of this law.

Regarding power crises in the country, he said the government has so far managed to add 1400MW electricity in the main system, while the power generation will be enhanced further by end this year.