Gilani ‘doesn’t mind’ India’s threatening statements

January 13th, 2009 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 13 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Tuesday that he “doesn’t mind” the statements emanating from India because the leadership was under pressure from the public as well as from political parties.”There was tremendous public and political pressure on the Indian government and I don’t mind these statements,” Gilani said in response to a question regarding India’s threats against Pakistan if it did not cooperate in the investigations into the Nov 26-29 Mumbai terror attack.

He is expected to give a policy statement on India’s charges in the National Assembly Wednesday.

As speculation mounts about tensions between him and President Asif Ali Zardari, Gilani said parliament would decide about the “balance of power” between the two offices.

The prime minister said a committee would be set up soon to discuss the bills presented by various parties seeking abolishing of the 17th constitutional amendment that empowers the president to dismiss parliament and sack the government besides other sweeping powers like the appointment of services chiefs.

Gilani said he would be chairing the parliamentary party’s meeting where other issues, including the 17th amendment bill would be discussed.

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