Gilani, who read out a much anticipated speech in the Pakistani parliament especially in the aftermath of the US' killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, near Islamabad, was on May 10 a subject of much criticism in his country's press.
The Nation which had earlier posed a few questions for Gilani has lashed out at the Pakistani prime minister for not answering anything and wrote, “Our 'journalist prime minister" did not answer a single question in his written speech in English."
The News was even more scathing in its attack on Gilani and its headline, “Gilani disappoints nation, pleases US" summed it all. In its report, the daily screamed, “Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani sees no wrong, feels no shame, wishes no change and gives no hope...Business is as usual for him as he tries to assure us that even today we are a proud nation."
The daily went on to say, "Pakistan is anything but a proud nation these days" and of May 2, the day when Osama was killed, said, “as the most serious after the fall of Dhaka in 1971 and hung the nation"s head in shame."
But the most telling account of Gilani's speech was summed up by a single sentence published by The Dawn in its editorial. It said, “At a time when Pakistan is being accused of either incompetence or complicity, his denial of both as 'absurd" does not ring true."