London sees four Pak Prime Ministers in a dayFebruary 1st, 2009 - 7:37 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb. 1 (ANI): It has been an unusual saturday for London that witnessed the presence of four Pakistani prime ministers in in the British Capital.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz held an informal meeting . Nawaz Sharif landed in early afternoon to be with his ailing son while the current PM Yousuf Raza Gilani touched down in London on Saturday evening to change plane and head home after a fruitless few days at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Hussain was quoted by the news as saying that his party would follow the model of parliamentary politics of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) rather than playing a second fiddle to either the ruling Pakistan People’’s Party (PPP) or reuniting with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
After his meeting with the current Pakistan PM Gilani, Hussain observed that Gilani might outlast President Asif Ali Zardari.
President Zardari is underestimating the strength of Prime Minister. Gilani has been with us and we know how he works, Hussain said.
Hussain also met his successor Shaukat Aziz at a lunch at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge, and is believed to have discussed the scene in the political corridors of Islamabad.
While, revealing his plan to meet MQM leader Altaf Hussain early next week, the former prime minister clarified saying, there was no truth to his party forming an alliance with either the PPP or the PML-N.
These are only rumours. We will stay independent and play the part of a healthy opposition. Some party members support a merger with the PML-N while others prefer the ruling PPP. But I think the best policy is to stay as we are and benefit from benign neutrality in a manner that is enjoyed by the MQM, said Hussain.
Hussain categorically denied any possibility of meeting Nawaz Sharif in London but added that he feels sorry for Nawaz Sharif’’s younger son, Hasan, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis (an illness affecting the nerve cells of the brain and spine that gradually makes it difficult for someone to move, speak or see).
He is like my son and I feel sorry for him and would pray for his health and complete recovery, he said while indicating possibility of visiting Sharif’’s home only to enquire about Hasan’’s health. (ANI)
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