My resignation is not a routine matter: Gilani

Published: March 21, 2012

Prime minister upholds parliamentary committee's review of foreign policy during media talk. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: A shuffle in the cabinet is a routine matter, but my resignation is not, said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani while referring to the contempt of court case against him on Wednesday.

Answering a question regarding Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s (DPC) call to stage protests if Nato supply routes are reopened, Gilani affirmed that the supplies were neither closed nor will they be reopened on their advice. “Signatures of the religious parties are also there [on parliament’s revised foreign policy] who were a part of the [parliamentary committee on] national security.”

He added that the parliament is a “responsible parliament” and whatever decision it takes will be in the benefit of the people. “The parliament is the people’s mandate. It is not an easy task to satisfy every single person.”

On Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s reservations with the parliamentary report, Gilani stated: “The national security [committee] was not made by me. It was formed by the speaker and all the political parties had their representation, including the party of the leader of the opposition.

“Whoever has reservations would be given ample opportunity to express their point of view. This point of view is of the parliamentary committee, not of an exclusive government party.”

Referring to his earlier statement where Gilani said that the chief justice of Supreme Court is his friend, a journalist asked the premier whether he is in contact with “his friend” for an out-of-court settlement. Gilani, in reply, remarked that even the idea of an out-of-court settlement is in contempt of the court.

“Once a friend, always a friend… His [chief justice’s] two friends – one who was a part of his restoration and the other who was a part of the lawyers’ movement – both are present in the court in the case,” said the prime minister.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Mar 21, 2012 - 5:50PM

    woow gud speech

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  • Mar 21, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Pm has justification of everything

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  • Mar 21, 2012 - 5:59PM

    so, when is this non routine matter gonna happen?

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  • Zuhaib
    Mar 21, 2012 - 7:13PM

    PM is grooming diplomatically astute :) thumps up to you man … you have seen and survived some toughest of times as head of Govt.

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  • vaqar
    Mar 21, 2012 - 8:40PM

    @zuhaib.
    And what has he done for the country in these so called toughest of times???

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  • Khawar Riaz
    Mar 21, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Mr. Prime Minister

    Would you please let us have a sigh of relief (albeit for a moment) by tendering your resignation.

    Thanks in advance.

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  • Butt
    Mar 21, 2012 - 11:19PM

    The people of Pakistan should organize and gather at the squares of their cities to celebrate the removal of Gilani and other leaders who have drowned the people in misery.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 22, 2012 - 1:11AM

    Once PM will be indicted in contempt of court case, he will have no other option to resign and then PPP has to choose a new PM from the lot.

    The next PM will also be asked by the SC to write a letter to Swiss Authorities. He will also not write the letter and he will also have to go.

    In this way, resignation of PM one after another will become a routine matter.

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  • Attif Abbas
    Mar 22, 2012 - 2:19AM

    The law is different for different classes of people.

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  • true_blue_pakistaani
    Mar 22, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Gilani, we love you always

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  • Mohsin
    Mar 22, 2012 - 4:51AM

    This lot didn’t come into power to give ‘roti, kapra aur makaan’. But to take it away…..

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  • Hafeez
    Mar 22, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Article 248 of the constitution:
    “248. Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc.
    (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those functions:
    Provided that nothing in this clause shall be construed as restricting the right of any person to bring appropriate proceedings against the Federation or a Province.
    (2) No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court during his term of office.
    (3) No process for the arrest or imprisonment of the President or a Governor shall issue from any court during his term of office.
    (4) No civil proceedings in which relief is claimed against the President or a Governor shall be instituted during his term of office in respect of anything done by or not done by him in his personal capacity whether before or after he enters upon his office unless, at least sixty days before the proceedings are instituted, notice in writing has been delivered to him, or sent to him in the manner prescribed by law, stating the nature of the proceedings, the cause of action, the name, description and place of residence of the party by whom the proceedings are to be instituted and the relief which the party claims.”
    Decide yourself.

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  • Waheed
    Mar 22, 2012 - 7:58PM

    These Supreme Court judges have sided with the general abrogating the constitution and taking fresh oath under his PCO. These judges have not brought any general to the court for multiple acts of high treason in its entire history. However, according to them the slap is worse crime than even a blatant murder by security forces. Worst crime than mutilation and constitution? In Pakistan and other countries people fight every day. However, in no country the SC has time to spare to grab every opportunity of slaps and punches thrown. Too many judges too much time and too much power to make their own choices.
    This case should have been sent to a lower court and have them try it out and punish the culprit to max according to the law. The Supreme Court is an appeals court and should not try every little crime at will.

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