Lahore: Former Pakistan premier Yousuf Raza Gilani considers himself a 'winner' despite his disqualification from office by the Supreme Court since, according to him, his stance had been endorsed by parliament.
Gilani said his first wish was to see the current National Assembly complete its constitutional term, adding that his second wish was to quit office gracefully, reports The Express Tribune.
"Prime ministers come and go, but this is the first time in history that an outgoing prime minister participated in the ceremony for an incoming prime minister," he said.
He maintained that a "new Gilani exists in the PM House in the form of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf."
Gilani further said his party (PPP) had given him the honorary title of 'prime minister for life'.
His third wish, he said, was to establish the supremacy of parliament. Gilani said he wanted to be disqualified through the National Assembly Speaker's office or through the parliament, but was instead ousted by extra-parliamentary forces. But since the Speaker and the parliament endorsed his stance, he considers himself the winner. Gilani added that by endorsing his stance, both the parliament and the Speaker had maintained the respect of Pakistan's 180 million people.
Gilani said in case he had been disqualified through either the Speaker or the parliament, he would have quit politics.
Gilani also expressed a fourth wish, that is, fair and transparent general elections in Pakistan.