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Balochistan issue number one priority: PM

Underlining the need for adopting a collective wisdom on the Balochistan issue, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said he was ready to convene sessions of both Houses of parliament separately or jointly and even the all-parties conference to discuss and resolve the issue. Speaking in the Senate after the passage of the 20th Amendment Bill, he said the Balochistan issue was the number one priority of his government, added that the rights of Baloch people should be given to them. He congratulated the nation, parliamentarians and the political leadership of the country for adopting the 20th Amendment. “After the fall of Dhaka, it was the 1973 constitution which kept the country intact,” he added. He said a dictator defaced the 1973 constitution and the world wondered whether there was presidential or parliamentary form of government in Pakistan. He said the present parliament also rectified past mistakes. Boasting about the amendments made in the constitution which, he said, resolved the issue of appointing a caretaker set up in the country, the prime minister recalled the time when Pakistan used to “import” caretaker prime ministers and they were issued national identity cards after their arrival in Pakistan. He promised on his own and on the leader of the opposition’s behalf that they would resolve the issue of appointing a caretaker prime minister mutually and would not let the issue go to parliamentary committee, let alone the Election Commission.
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