A Pakistani Journalists Saleem Safi, has refused to visit UK with the 21-member media Team with the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. According to him, He had excused to proceed to London on an official visit of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani for two reasons. First, Precarious legal position of Yousaf Raza Gilani as PM of Pakistan after short decision of the SC and second to protest against the unreasonable size of the delegation on public expenditures.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrived London on Tuesday on a five-day visit to participate in the first Pak-UK summit level review of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue and to work on the ambitious plan to raise bilateral trade to 2.5 billion pound sterling.
The five-day visit of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to UK is likely to be his last foreign trip following detailed judgment of his conviction issued by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Prime minister is accompanied by a huge 70-person delegation during his trip. A media team of 21-members has already reached London.
The privileged wives and children of some of the delegates will also join the joy ride but will not fly on the official flight – but their separate flights into London and the expenditures will be paid for by the national exchequer, sources told.
The British media has already started speaking out against the convicted PM Yusuf Raza Gilani’s visit to UK and criticizing the UK government for inviting Gilani.
After being convicted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court of contempt for defying its orders to write to the Swiss authorities for the reopening of corruption cases, this will be PM Gilani’s first visit to any foreign country.
Saleem Safi is a Pakistani journalist and writer who specializes as a political analyst and talk show anchor.
By M.Haroon Abbas Qamar
States Times (www.statestimes.net)
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