Gilani thanks Judiciary for respecting Parliament

ISLAMABAD: Terming the Supreme Court’s short order on the 18th amendment a positive move, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the superior judiciary has proved that it respects the Parliament and its authority to amend the Constitution.

Talking to media at NADRA Headquarters at Islamabad, a beaming PM stated that the Parliament burnt midnight oil regarding the formulation of 18th amendment, adding that “the SC, through its today’s ruling, has also endorsed Parliament’s authority”.

He said a strategy would be devised to ensure peace in Karachi with consultation of political forces

The PM maintained that rehabilitation of the flood affectees is the top priority of the government and we are reviewing exempting flood affectees from Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Gas and Electricity bills. He said so far 66 percent of affectees have been issued Watan cards as part of initial aid.

He said that the purpose of his visit to NADRA is to see what steps NADRA has taken for the relief of flood affectees and to review the progress.

He said that he has asked the provinces to sent verified lists of affectees at the earliest so that Watan cards should be issued as soon as possible. He said that most of the affectees are pensioners and he has asked NADRA to make special arrangements for them.

He said that when we started Benazir Income Support Program it was criticized but now today everyone is lauding this program. He said it is a transparent program adding that we will make distribution of Watan Cards transparent as well, which is the largest cash aid in the shortest time program in the world.

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