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2015-06-22 06:25:37

The missing necklace

SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-Youaf

The mystery of the ‘missing’ necklace, donated by the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the flood-hit people of Pakistan in 2010, appeared to be resolving on Friday as former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani admitted that it was in his possession. Mr Gilani said he had close ties with the Erdogan family and Mrs Erdogan was like a sister to him. “The necklace belongs to my sister and is with me.”

The necklace is a story of unbecoming conduct on the part of than Prime Minister who was not entitled to keep the giftdonated by first lady of a friendly country and that too for flood affected people. It is all the more regrettable that instead of offering apology and returning the necklace to NADRA, which paid its price and intended to return it back to the Turkish first lady, Gilani is trying to give it a political colour. By doing so, the former Prime Minister is further damaging his own reputation that stands already dented as he laid hand on a gift for flood affected people. Would Mr. Gilani tell whether he too was affected by floods? The explanation offered by him that he wanted to hand it over to a couple on their marriage in the flood hit area of Sindh but could not as it was a mass wedding ceremony and there were eight such couples. Does this entitle him to make it a family property? Mr. Gilani is well aware that there are procedures to retain gifts and noble traditions and etiquettes what to do with such high profile but symbolic donations. Someone or some organization pays for such gifts and these are returned to the donator on the first available opportunity. The former PM owes an acceptable explanation and that too after returning the necklace to NADRA. 

 

pakistan.shafaqna.com

 

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