Former Pakistan PM Gilani dares authorities to arrest him

Islamabad, Dec 13: Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday said he would not comply with unconstitutional procedures and dared the authorities to arrest him wherever they wanted to.

Addressing a press conference in Multan, Gilani said if former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had been jailed for even a month, then he would have accepted that the country’s judiciary operated as an independent institution, Dawn online reported.

He was speaking in the context of the National Accountability Bureau seeking Multan police assistance to send a second notice to him for recording his statement in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam.

Gilani has been accused of illegally appointing Ayaz Khan Niazi as NICL chairman in February 2009.

He has also been accused of issuing orders in 2011 for the transfer of former director general of the Federal Investigation Agency, Zafar Ahmed Qureshi, who was investigating the scam.

Gilani said that although he had been ousted from the office of prime minister despite being elected in a democratic manner, thousands of people who had directly benefited from the National Reconciliation Ordinance remained free.

IANS