Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday rejected Opposition’s call for mid-term polls and said it was time for local government elections in the country.Talking to newsmen here, he said, “the government has got passed its fourth budget and will request the PML-N leadership to prepare for the next elections as the time for mid-term polls is over.”He said the Opposition was not giving a tough time to the government as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had the support of people.The Prime Minister said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had given the vision of politics of reconciliation, foreseeing that in future only coalition governments would be formed and that no single party would be in a position to take majority of seats in the Parliament.
He said from day one, he believed in the politics of reconciliation, which brought about benefits as the government succeeded in unanimous passing of 18th and 19th Constitutional Amendments and approval of 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.
Prime Minister Gilani said he was pleased that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) accepted their viewpoint regarding reconciliation politics by stating that it was ready to talk to the MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement).
“Without reconciliation, politics can not succeed in the country. We will continue our politics of reconciliation,” he added.
To a question, the Prime Minister clarified that the government did not allow use of Pakistan’s airbases to the United States for drone attacks.