ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has restricted Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Jamshed Dasti from commenting on Ephedrine drug case.
Dasti, a member of the National Assembly, had earlier given a statement against the Anti-Narcotics Force in the Supreme Court while standing next to the accused Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Sources said the prime minister personally phoned Dasti and told him to take his statement back. However, Dasti remained adamant and refused to “compromise on principles”.
Online was unable to contact Dasti, who had a busy schedule during the day. However, his closest aide Muzaffar Iqbal Gormani confirmed that Dasti had received a phone call from the prime minister over the issue.
Gormani further said that the PM had also asked National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Muhammad Ali Gormani to convey his (PM’s) directives, but added that Dasti remained firm over what he called his “principled stand”.
Two Pakistanis stabbed near Greek anti-racist demo
Two Pakistani immigrants were in hospital late on Saturday after being stabbed on the margins of an anti-racism rally on the outskirts of Athens, police said. One of them was said to be in a serious condition. The attack, in the western suburb of Metamorfossi, came after the end of the demonstration, in which about 300 people were protesting racist violence. A motorbike and a car stopped in front of the men and a group of people got out and attacked them with knives. A third Pakistani immigrant with them at the time escaped unhurt, said police. Since the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn won seats in parliament in the June election, there has been a sharp rise in racist attacks in the immigrant quarters of Athens. Last month, a young Iraqi was stabbed to death by five bikers. Protests against the surge in racist violence also took place in the port of Piraeus, next to Athens, and in another Athens suburb.