I appeared before the SC once, will appear again: Gilani

Published: February 2, 2012

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani addressing the National Assembly session. PHOTO: FILE/SANA

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that he will honour the Supreme Court’s summons over the contempt case, as he had done before.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, he said, “When they called me earlier, I appeared before the [Supreme] court. This time they have called me and I will again appear before the court.”

“If we will not respect the institutions, then who will,” said the premier.

Regarding the formation of a parliamentary committee over the issue, Gilani said that the matter was sub-judice and that they should wait for the court’s decision before forming a committee. He said that they would respect the verdict of the courts.

He added that all institutions were answerable to the parliament. If parliament sought answers and wanted to constitute a committee, he and his party will cooperate.

Gilani was also of the view that if all institutions adhered to their prescribed roles under the constitution, there will be no need for criticism.

Committee formed to look into prices of petroleum products

After the speaker suggested that prices of petroleum products be brought down, Gilani said that he would ask the finance minister to look into the matter.

MNA Ahsan Iqbal though moved a resolution, demanding that the recent hike in petroleum prices be withdrawn.

The NA, however, unanimously chose to form a committee headed by the finance minister to revise oil prices. The committee will present its recommendations within a week.


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Reader Comments (13)

  • Saad
    Feb 2, 2012 - 9:35PM

    I can see at least three MNA’s sleeping in the parliaments “active” session. WOW


  • Feb 2, 2012 - 10:14PM

    Mr. Gillani I salute ur Courage, at least u didn’t attacked SC like Shareef brother’s, Go On nation is standing behind you, Democratic process should never be derailed, SC is just making itself a political force http://707monty.blogspot.com/2012/01/supreme-court-is-making-itself.html


  • Alsahdiq
    Feb 2, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Well dne. Well done. You are setting a very good example and earning lots of respect through your lawful deeds. This is how every civil and military servants of the nations be.Recommend

  • blithe
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:20PM

    It is your obligation to present yourself; it is not as if you have right.

    Do not try to fool the public by making such comments. Recommend

  • Pro Bono Publico
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:35PM

    “After the speaker suggested that prices of petroleum products be brought down, Gilani said that he would ask the finance minister to look into the matter.”
    Only in Pakistan, the PM did not now what his cabinet minister was doing!

  • KMR Overseas
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Atleast this stage PM Gilani showing respect to the courts. Court also should reciprocate in good judgment instead buckling to the pressure of military. If NRO is unlawful then extension to Kiyani & Pasha also unlawful.
    Seems court may not deal harshly with Gilani and probably court & Gilani might have reached an way out.


  • Malik
    Feb 3, 2012 - 12:14AM

    What this guy needs to understand is that it’s time for him to go. And It is his responsibility to appear in the courts, there is nothing extraordinary or heroic about it. I hope he stops wasting his and our time, and resigns.


  • Ali
    Feb 3, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Do we really believe “still” that what if anything these idiots say carries any weight or for that matter will solve anything wrong with the system? They are pure and simple thugs of the lowest order. Please let’s stop being delusional. Zardari, Gilani, Shareef brothers and the maulanas are all parasites. All they know to do is to suck the blood of the country, dont expect them to provide complex solutions to what ills the country.


  • Hasan
    Feb 3, 2012 - 12:36AM

    @KMR Overseas:
    So because he hasn’t behaved like a total idiot in the last 2 weeks you expect the court to hand down a favorable judgement? You are far to simple to be writing comments – please cease to do so!


  • Sajjad Ahmed
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:13AM

    Court has called you Mr Gilani. You have to go. You are doing no favours.
    And dont try to use it as a feather in your cap. You, the chief executive of country, are being charged for contempt of court. Thats a shameful situation (for taking the things to that stage, even if u r freed from the charge).


  • Mirza
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:31AM

    @KMR Overseas:
    You said “If NRO is unlawful then extension to Kiyani & Pasha also unlawfu.” I agree with you 100%. Not only that but the release of 60 judges and their families was possible only after the NRO. The restoration of PCO SC CJ was also due to the NRO, otherwise gen Mush would still have him in jail.
    Thanks and regards,


  • Amjad
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:50AM

    Salute u Mr PM for defending parliament, u stand by your words, nation will stand by u.


  • Light
    Feb 3, 2012 - 9:21AM


    Seriously…You still not awaken…aren’t you?


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