'Minus-one' formula a ploy to weaken, dislodge PPP Govt: Pak PM

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Lahore, Aug 24 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the 'minus-one' formula was just a ploy to weaken and dislodge the PPP government at the centre.

During an informal meeting with his close associates here on Sunday, a source quoted Gilani as saying: 'I am well aware of the designs of the opponents of my party. They are giving an impression that our party would emerge stronger and the government would complete its term if I agree to the 'minus-one' formula, but they are working to send the whole set-up packing."

"Efforts are being made to weaken the party, but we will not let them succeed," The Dawn quoted him, as saying.

Commenting on the issue of the trial of former president Pervez Musharraf, he said: "The matter of Musharraf's trial under Article 6 is not over yet. However, there can be a difference of opinion on how to proceed."

Talking to reporters at the residence of Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, he denied that the issue had affected his relations with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.

"I have good relations with Sharif,' he said, adding that both the PPP and PML-N had suffered at the hands of dictators.

About the 'minus-one formula' he said: 'There is no concept of minus-one formula in democracy.'

The Prime Minister said he was constantly in touch with President Asif Ali Zardari, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders on all-important issues, including the sugar crisis.

Gilani also said that terrorists were fast losing strength and would soon be eliminated.(ANI)

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