ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said that all those political parties which want early polls would be disappointed, as the general elections would be held on its scheduled time. 

Talking to media men after attending the COMSAT Commission’s second meeting, Gilani rejected the demand of early elections. To a question, he said that though the demand of early elections came from a number of Opposition parties including PML-N but denied being approached by Mian Nawaz Sharif in this connection.

To a question about the Bangladesh cricket team plan to visit Pakistan, he termed it a good gesture both for cricket and brotherly Muslim states. He appreciated the services rendered by the COMSAT in the field of science and technology.   He said that we could achieve our goals, elimination of poverty and economic growth by progressing in the field of science only.  On the occasion, PM also announced Rs one million grant for the Commission.

He said that former PM Benazir Bhutto participated in COMSAT Commission’s first meeting, stating that vision to set up the Commission was given by Benazir Bhutto aiming to enhance science study in its member countries to face world challenges.

‘It is very clear that we cannot make significant progress in science and technology unless we cooperate with one another, pool our available intellectual and economic resources for collective benefits and above all give a central place to science and technology in our policy decisions backed with strong political and financial support’, he added.  ‘This is why South-South cooperation is indispensable for the sustainable progress of the developing world in the present century’, said the Prime Minister, who is also the Chairperson of COMSATS, addressing the country delegates, dignitaries from Pakistan and representatives from international organisations.

Gilani lauded COMSATS role as the proponent of science and technology for socio-economic development and showed confidence that all member countries of COMSATS will stand by the Government of Pakistan in extending their full support to the future efforts of COMSATS aiming to bring peace, prosperity and socio-economic well-being to the poor segments of the society.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. Qureshi stressed the need for allocating sufficient resources for enhancing the scientific capacity of the developing countries and working out technology-based solutions to solve the enormous problems faced by the large population of these countries. Representing COMSATS Coordinating Council on the occasion, Dr. Posada also delivered his remarks.

Dr. Posada advocated the need for substantial increase in the financial allocation for S&T to ensure social and economic development. ‘The lack of scientific and technical capacity’, said Dr. Posada ‘leads to wastage of natural resources, economic stagnation, social instability, political unrest and foreign interference’.

In his welcome address, Federal Minister Jamali pointed out the commonality of the development challenges faced by the member countries of COMSATS and declared the ‘judicious use of science and simple technologies’ is a panacea to the common problems of these countries. ‘It is in our collective interest to share our experiences, pool our resources - human as well as material - and actively collaborate in research to address our common problems’, he said. 

In the presence of senior government officials of Pakistan, the Minister assured COMSATS of his government’s full support for pursuit of its objectives and commitment to the member countries’ science-led socio-economic development.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by foreign delegates, including Ministers nominated by the Heads of COMSATS member states/governments, high officials from government of Pakistan, and heads/representatives of international organisations, as well as officials from the Pakistani Ministry of Science and Technology.