BAHAWALPUR: As the issue for writing a letter to Swiss authorities gains momentum, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Thursday that he would rather be incarcerated for contempt of court than be handed a death penalty for violating Article 6 of the Constitution.
Speaking to a gathering of Islamia University’s students in Bahawalpur, Gilani said that he is not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities according to the rules of business and Constitution. “If I write the letter, it will be a violation of the Article 6 of the Constitution.”
Prime Minister Gilani was served a contempt notice in the NRO implementation case when the government did not follow the court’s orders of writing a letter to the Swiss authority to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Seraiki province issue
Days after raising voice for the creation of a Seraiki province, Gilani said that those who talk about formation of Bahawalpur and Seraiki province only want to cast a dispute among the people.
Lashing out at the parties demanding new provinces, he said, “If they talk so much for the creation of Bahawalpur and Seraiki province, I ask, they should try moving a resolution in the Punjab Assembly. They will not let anything like this happen.”
He said that administrative rights were given to the Bahawalpur province in the British colonial era. “We don’t want administrative rights. We want our own provincial assembly.”