Gilani rules out early polls, says his govt will finish term

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Yousuf Raza Gilani
Islamabad, Dec 31: Notwithstanding a series of crises faced by his government, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has dismissed any chance of early polls, saying the next general election would be held as scheduled in 2013.

The government will follow the constitutional and due legal process to hold the next general election, Gilani told reporters in his hometown of Multan last evening.

"Some have-nots wish to become haves and they talk of elections. But they don't know that we will act according to the law and Constitution. We are moving according to the consensus in Parliament," he said. Asked about relations between President Asif Ali Zardari and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Gilani said, "Their relations are very good".

He rejected media reports that he had "begged" the army chief to accept a three-year extension in service last year, and said there was confusion on the issue due to the English translation of his remarks in Urdu.

Gilani said the coalition government led by the Pakistan People's Party is stable and all political parties have agreed that Parliament should complete its tenure. The hue and cry for early polls was aimed at sabotaging elections to the Senate or upper house of Parliament scheduled for March, he contended.

The PPP-led government has faced pressure from the powerful security establishment in recent weeks over a secret memo that sought the US help to stave off a possible military takeover in Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May. 

PTI

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