Sources in the government confirmed to TheNation that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf left the Prime Minister’s House without protocol to meet Gilani who is staying in Islamabad Club after leaving the Presidency. Sources further said that Raja Pervaiz went there in a bid to remove some misunderstandings Gilani had developed over transfers and postings undertaken by the PM in the last couple of weeks.
Sources said that Gilani considered himself alienated in the party after his ouster from the slot of Prime Minister on Supreme Court’s order. On noticing leadership’s indifference despite his “great sacrifice”, he left Awan-i-Sadr without stating even a single word. But when some of his blue-eyed were removed from the posts he got frustrated and held a press conference at his Lahore residence and politely mentioned his reservations.
The things kept on deteriorating when Gilani expressed his inability to address public rallies for the PPP candidates in the by-polls, further confirming his differences with the party leadership. Keeping in view the importance of Gilani from Multan and his services and sacrifices for the party, President Asif Ali Zardari directed Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to handle the situation and bring Gilani to Awan-i-Sadr so that he could address some of his main reservations about the government, a source in PPP said.
Sources further said that Gilani arrived here on Wednesday afternoon on the request of the Prime Minister who himself went to Islamabad Club to pick him up and took him to Awan-i-Sadr where the matters between the leaders came under discussion.
President Zardari and former premier Gilani, after discussing some issues, finally got on the same page, with Gilani agreeing to play an active role in the future party politics with chances of becoming the focal man of the party in the next general elections, particularly in Punjab.
Sources said that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had also cleared his position regarding the changes made in the top bureaucracy, particularly in CDA and said that all these changes were made on administrative grounds and that there was no other consideration.