Extension in job tenure of COAS without in pressure: PM

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the incumbent President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) and Chief of Army Staff will remain in their respective offices till 2013, adding that the government has extended job-tenure of COAS for additional three-year without any pressure.

Talking to media here on Friday during his visit to Sweet Home Sihala, the PM pointed that Pakistan is in a state of war as Pak-security forces and masses are simultaneously confronting the challenges of terrorism and militancy from forefront and it was need of the hour to extend tenure of COAS. He said extension in tenure of army chief was made in the best of national interest and for country’s solidarity. He said that DG ISI has also been given an extension.

Responding to a question, he clarified that he has directed Lateef Khosa to continue functioning in the position of advisor to PM, but he has been directed not to utilize the powers of minister.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani emphasized that current executive leadership of the country including the offices of President of Pakistan, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of Pakistan and COAS will remain in their respective offices till 2013 and it is hoped that all the leadership will serve the country with secure position according to their constitutional responsibilities.

Addressing to the ceremony Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said to Interior Minister, Chairman Bat-ul-Maal Zamurrad Khan, and Federal Minister for Social Welfare Samina Khalid to work jointly for legislation regarding orphans so that the orphans could not be exploited.

He said that promise make with masses regarding orphans has been fulfilled as 15 sweet homes have been established during last one year and more sweet homes are being established.

The orphans belonging to Swat, Waziristan, Dera Bugti and other war hit areas would come in front as noble man after great upbringing in these sweet homes.

He said that philanthropists should take part in upbringing of the orphans so that the orphans could be saved from terrorists.

Prime Minister said that that there are 1300 children in sweet homes who would get education there till graduation.

Addressing on the occasion Zamurd Khan said currently 15 Sweet Homes are working in the country out of which 1300 children are passing through the phases of education. Baitul Mall has gotten funds from govt of Pakistan for 20 orphanages

He said Sweet Homes Project is for 14 years from where every child would get education till graduation.

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