MULTAN - Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he was elected for five years but some forces sent him back one year before which was a sheer insult of 180 million masses.

Addressing a big public meeting held in connection with his son Abdul Qadir Gilani’s election campaign here at Sher Shah on Monday night, the former premier added that Bhutto’s mission was to empower the public and Abdul Qadir’s triumph would not only accomplish this mission but also make the public victorious. He said that he would bring mega development projects to this area but it would be done after the election.

“If I announce these projects right now, our opponents will rush to election commission and ask them to disqualify the son after father,” he maintained. He said that the PPP was the name of a mission and movement as Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto offered identity to the poor people, gave them voting rights and sacrificed his life for the sake of poor people but refused to bow down before a dictator.

He claimed that he was punished for raising voice for Seraiki Province. He said that a resolution was tabled in the national assembly for Saraiki Province and President Asif Ali Zardari had announced making of a commission for this purpose.

He said that he was lucky to return to his own people after quitting prime minister office. “Otherwise all other prime ministers were either murdered, hanged or exiled after their removal,” he added.

“The opposition asked me to return to Multan and I told them that I know the way to Multan,” he said. He added that some of the opponents stood with Nawaz League while some others with Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. “I just want to ask them as to which party they are from. They are not sincere even with themselves, so how can they be sincere with masses?” he posed a question.

Earlier, candidate Abdul Qadir Gillani, senator Saed Ghani, former town nazim Abbas Akbar Moni Shah,  former federal minister Mirza Nasir Baig, Barristor Haider Zaman Qureshi and others also addressed the public gathering.