Gillani’s selection for Pak PM’s post hailed

DUBAI/ABU DHABI - Pakistani expatriates in the UAE have welcomed the nomination of Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, saying that the whole process is a positive step towards democracy. Though the general assembly is yet to finalise a candidate, most people feel that Gillani is the right choice for the post.

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Published: Mon 24 Mar 2008, 8:33 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:48 PM

Speaking with Khaleej Times, prominent businessman and Chairman of Bangash Group of Companies Abdul Nabi Bangash said, “Gillani is the most appropriate choice after Makhdoom Amin Fahim. Of all the proposed names, I think he is the one who can lead Pakistan towards true democracy. He is a clean and committed person and he has earlier led parliament as the speaker without any controversies. In the current political scenario in Pakistan, we hope that he will ensure that the true path for democracy is laid.”

Businessman Tanvir Khawaja who also represents the Pakistan Business Council said that Gillani has a vast experience. “The choice is apt because it has been done by the party with the majority of seats in the coalition government. Yes, the debate had been on for a long time, and as a Pakistani, I think that the country has just started getting back on the right track. The public will not react negatively to this choice because the people have been seeking true democracy for a long time.”

Saeed Mian, also a businessman based in Sharjah, said, “It is a good choice. He has 30 years experience in politics. Being a senior politician, he is acceptable. The other proposed name, Amin Fahim, is a soft man. To put the country back on track, we needed someone like Gillani who can take decisions correctly without being influenced. It is time that the generals left the seat for a democratic candidate.”

Shah Nawaz Bukhari, ex-banker and educationist, said if Gillani has accepted the position of the prime minister, then he does not intend to be a stop-gap until Asif Ali Zardari decides to take over. “However, I think that he might not be able to lead the country for long since people with a clean background normally do not do well in politics,” he added.

Choudhry Zubair Bashir of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said he and other workers of the party respect and accept the decision made by the chairman and co-chairman of the party. However, they are disappointed by the decision because in their opinion, Amin Fahim had a long history of sacrifices made for the party and Benazir Bhutto, especially when Zardari and Gillani were in jail. On several occasions in the past, Fahim was offered the position of prime minister, and now it was his turn. The party leadership should also have coordinated with Fahim while making the decision, he added.

Qaiser Anis, president of the Pakistan Business Council – Abu Dhabi, hailed the decision and said it has been taken with the consensus of all coalition parties. He said the new government would be able to address the problems faced by the country.

He also said the agreement between the PPP and the MQM and the withdrawal of its candidate for premiership by the MQM are healthy signs. These developments will lead to good governance and would further the foundations laid by President Pervez Musharraf. He said that he expected the stock market in Karachi to surge by at least 300 points.

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