“Decisions are being made somewhere else instead of the Parliament”, he said in an implicit reference to the Army establishment.
Talking to reporters at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, he blamed the Opposition for this sorry state of affairs. “The Parliament has failed to secure its rights only because of the Opposition”, he observed.
Gilani also expressed his displeasure over what he called inaction of the Parliament on his disqualification by the Supreme Court, adding, that Parliamentarians had failed to promote democracy and strengthen the Parliament.
“I was Parliament’s boss but it did nothing for me. Now it is making hue and cry over disqualification of its members on dual nationality. But I think it would be of no use now”, he remarked.
He said it was not the PPP which had failed to protect the rights of the Parliament. “It is the Parliamentarians themselves who have failed to do so”, he added.
Gilani, however, said that Bangladesh model could not succeed in Pakistan as it had already failed there.
Replying to a question, Gilani said he had left the Presidency so that he could better serve the masses by remaining among them and contest the upcoming general elections without government’s support.
“My wings have been clipped and now I want to learn the art of flying again depending on my own muscles”, he said.
Gilani also thanked the President for providing him a space in the Presidency to spend some time there after his disqualification.
About Balochistan issue, he welcomed meetings of Baloch leaders with PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and invited them to participate in the elections.
To another question about Nawaz Sharif's demand for withdrawal of Frontier Constabulary (FC) from Balochistan, he said it was a provincial matter and should be resolved in consultation with the provincial government.
About enhancing relations with Russia, Gilani said it was need of the hour to expand relations with neighbouring countries including China, Russia and India for establishment of peace, stability and development in the region.
He said he had returned from Turkey recently after attending its congress party convocation in which almost 1200 delegates including former Presidents, Prime Ministers and leaders of parties from various countries participated. He said it was an honour for him that Turkish Prime Minister and President met him at their residences.