Verdict out: SC convicts Gilani of contempt

Published: April 26, 2012

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (C) is escorted by security as he waves upon his arrival at the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 26, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (C) is escorted by security as he waves upon his arrival at the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 26, 2012. PHOTO: AFP The Supreme Court gives Gilani only a symbolic sentence of a few minutes' detention in the courtroom. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan convicted Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday during the announcement of a verdict in the contempt proceedings against him and sentenced him till the rising of court, Express News reported.

The bench found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president, but gave him only a symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detention in the courtroom, while he did not receive any jail term.

“For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for wilfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court,” said Justice Nasirul Mulk.

A seven-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk announced the verdict and convicted him for violating Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 section 5 and the charges framed against him were for willfully disobeying the court’s orders and ridiculing it.

The court cited article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution and observed that the premier might face consequences under it.

The judicial bench exited the courtroom as soon as the verdict was announced.

The Article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution says:

63. Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).
(1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if:-

(g) he is propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the Ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

The premier was charged with contempt by the apex court in February for refusing to write to the Swiss authorities to ask them to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Minister for National Regulation & Services Firdous Ashiq Awan said that a special cabinet meeting will be convened which will be chaired by Gilani and President Zardari will also attend the meeting, who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday night.

The session will be attended by chief ministers and governors of all provinces except Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Awan also said that the verdict will be appealed in the court and that a petition will be filed for it.

“This is a historic day. The court has declared a lawmaker a lawbreaker. This is weakening democracy in Pakistan.”

Earlier, with rose petals being showered at him, Gilani was escorted by the members of cabinet to the Supreme Court.

Gilani was accompanied by his son Abdul Qadir Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and other members of the cabinet.

The prime minister has appeared twice before in court and has maintained his innocence throughout, saying he had done nothing against the rules of business. Aitzaz, meanwhile, had argued that the bench was not eligible to hear the case as it had taken the notice itself.

During the hearing, two following two orders were announced:

First order

For the reasons to be recorded later, the accused Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan/Chief Executive of the federation, is found guilty of and convicted for contempt of court, under Article 204 (2) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance (Ordinance 5 of 2003) for wilful flouting, disregard and disobedience of this court’s direction contained in paragraph number 178 of the judgment delivered in the case of Dr Mubashir Hasan versus the Federation of Pakistan (PLD 2010 SC 265). After our satisfaction that the contempt committed by him is substantially detrimental to the administration of justice and tends to bring this court and the judiciary of this country into ridicule.

Second order

As regards the sentence to be passed against the convict, we note that the findings and the conviction for contempt of court recorded above are likely to entail some serious consequences in terms of Article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution which may be treated as mitigating factors towards the sentence to be passed against him. He is, therefore, punished under Article 5 of the contempt of court ordinance (ordinance 5 of 2003) with imprisonment till the rising of the court today.

Former law minister Babar Awan said that according to sub-article 3 to Article 63 of the Constitution, the speaker and chairman of Senate can decide whether the premier will be disqualified or not.

Speaking on the premises of the Supreme Court, he corrected the media reports which were claiming that if the speaker and chairman senate do not take a decision in 30 days, the case will automatically go to the Election Commission of Pakistan, which Awan said was wrong.

He said that the case will only go to ECP if the speaker and chairman senate say that they will not take the decision in this regard.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the premier was convicted for violating Article 63 (1) (g) and that he will be disqualified from taking part in elections for five years.

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Reader Comments (191)

  • Jibran Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:27AM

    Time to play the role of the victim.Remind people of any and all deaths in the family, resort to ethnic and emotional blackmail to gain sympathy for yourself.

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  • Imran
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:30AM

    I pray he gets what he deserves along with his entourage.

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  • Kamran Rizvi
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:31AM

    Let’s put all responsibility on the establishment, let’s blame everything we did wrong on one province to hide our own misdeeds.

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  • zafar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Great Verdict!! Justice prevailed!!

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  • Umar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:44AM

    Good news! Now, corrupt Gilani should be sentenced for imprisonment and he should be ban from participating in elections for next 5 years.

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  • Rizwan Ahmad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:44AM

    This govt. has looted the country and is now using ethnic bias as an excuse to hide their criminal activities. This victimhood complex of telling the public that we have been wronged won’t fool anyone, the pakistani people have suffered enough, no more of this victimhood propaganda.

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  • Shahid Badar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Now the media people will start personal attacks on the judiciary. The ppp apologists are already repeating their old persecution complex propaganda. Do as much corruption as you want and then when caught, say we are the ones who have been done wrong,play the sindh card and try to divert attention away from the financial mismanagement.

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  • faisal n
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:48AM

    wow….what a verdict…i wonder how gillani survived these this tough sentence of a few seconds…

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  • Wellwisher
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:48AM

    A blot once again in the history of Pakistan judicial history.

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  • M.S
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:48AM

    This was bound to happen. Enough is Enough! Justice has been done!

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  • ashok
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Congratulations

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Makhdoom Amin Faheem will be the interim Prime Minister until a caretaker government is announced in December this year.

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  • Ahmad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:50AM

    May God protect Pakistan from dynasties..
    We need to respects and protect democratic values, and not the individuals..

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  • Shaheer Malik
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:50AM

    What a decision? Corruption of billion of rupees and punishment for few seconds. This is Pakistan where law for the rich and the poor and different.

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  • Arif Soomro
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:52AM

    What a joke! Punishment for only 30 seconds for looting billions of rupees. The criminals who steal mobile phones are given longer punishment. What was this! The pressure and negative propaganda done by the media against supreme court seems to have worked, the ppp managed to pressurise the judiciary into giving a verdict which they liked.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Good news. Lets see how PPP govt reacts now.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Announcing the sentence, the judicial bench disqualified Gilani for five years from taking part in elections for five years.
    ???

    or punishment till rising the court…just few seconds….m confused :S

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  • Mirza
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Time for the president to use his constitutional powers now that the SC has used their’s.

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  • Usman
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:54AM

    Any self respecting PM would have resigned months ago out of sheer humiliation and shame, then again you can’t lose any respect when you have none. He is the most corrupt PM in our history

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  • Zeta
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Convicted under Article 63 (g) which disqualifies him as member of parliament. So He is no more Prime minister?

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  • hamza khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:55AM

    time to announce elections!

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  • Zeeshan siddiqui
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:56AM

    A punishment for only half a minute. I give my children longer punishment than this. The blackmailing of the judiciary by the ppp’s people in the media has worked. The poor supreme court was put under too much pressure to give a verdict in favour of the ppp.
    So,in our country you can get away with your crimes if the media portrays you as the victim.

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  • Ahmad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Well Done SC…Well done!!

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 9:57AM

    As you sow, so shall you reap.
    A well deserved conviction. Lesson by the Judiciary: “Nobody is above the law, whether its a PM or a Peon”.Recommend

  • Atif Razzaq
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:57AM

    what is this ?????????????????
    Corruption need to remove from the roots, he must be punished in public…..

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  • Saad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:58AM

    So now we have a new PM who also wont write the letter to swiss authorities…… and the game of thrones will continue…..

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Truth Prevails!

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 9:59AM

    I bet they could never do this to a General.

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  • harkol
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:03AM

    Whoa! Does this mean he is disqualified and should immediately quit? Or can he continue?

    Why does Pakistani institutions are so callous? Why make a huge spectacle of a simple matter?

    Writing to Swiss authorities on court order, won’t be the end of the world.

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  • Faysal
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:05AM

    A very appropriate verdict by the learned judges. Now the Government can’t say that they were wronged by the court and thus try to work it into their advantage. For any self-esteemed politician, the verdict is a slap on the face, but not for this Government, who do no know about integrity, honour and ethics.

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  • Kaleem
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Disappointed! Dear CJ, Please detain other criminals for few minutes too. Yes, Life is that simple!

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  • Sarcastically yours
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Time to change faces

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 10:07AM

    “sentenced him till the rising of court.” And “gave him only a symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detention in the courtroom.”

    Thank you Supreme Court, for sharing with us mere mortals the joke of the century!

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  • Ali J
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:08AM

    We always get what we deserve. Can i Call this the karma train!

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  • Gilgit- Baltistan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:09AM

    This is very Reasonable decision by the SC that PM has found guilty and they realised PM for his guilty. The days, months is not matter, the fact is that he should realized his guilty.

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  • shahid
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Hats off for SC.

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  • Dr. Aisaam
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:10AM

    What a joke of a verdict.

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  • ubaid
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:10AM

    is this a joke?

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  • Haris Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:11AM

    Cpongrtulations Pakistan! Now we have a convict as our prime minister.
    In civilised societies a convict finds it difficult to get any small job even but in our country a convict can get the biggest job and be responsible for billions of rupees of the public.

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  • ubaid
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:11AM

    is this a joke??

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  • KH
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:11AM

    What an order, thats it few minutes, just because he is PM. And if some one else does it then he will get 6 months….what a mockery of the judicial system.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 10:15AM

    As you sow, so shall you reap.
    A well deserved conviction. Lesson by the Judiciary: “Nobody is above the law, whether its a PM or a Peon“.

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  • Aristo
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:15AM

    The SC has very conveniently thrown the ball in the media’s court. Interesting to see how the media will act.

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  • Kevin
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Lol all Topi Drama by Judicary and the Government and the Opposition….

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Shame on judiciary for the verdict against elected PM of Pakistan and releasing Hafiz Said and Malik Ishaq.

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  • Rameez
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Get ready for the PPP rhetoric and whining for another Great Qurbaani for Democracy in coming days. PPP will exploit this situation to the fullest and get ready for hate filled comments of PPP in coming days and I hope PPP will act in a sensible manner and will not transform it into a hatred of one region agenda thing as they are doing now a days.

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  • Usman Chatta
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:16AM

    Behold- an “independent judiciary”! How farcical.

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  • Kaleem
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:17AM

    No wonder why we are victims of air crashes, glaciers, floods and terrorism. In a society where justice is done with poor and premiers are given “few minutes detention”, its hard to breath in.

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  • Rizwan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:19AM

    What a Joke!
    Corruption Continues….

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 10:19AM

    Is it a joke? which type of punishment it is? Now, what is the credibility of court?

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  • kashif hameed
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:20AM

    What is this?

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  • ashok
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:22AM

    How lucky were those who were responsible for 1971 genocide in East Pakistan! They didn’t have have to go even one second of punishment compared to 30 seconds given to the civilian Prime Minister.

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  • The Truth
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:24AM

    If Gilani was found guilty of “ridiculing the court, my question is what is the punishment for the Justices of the Court for ridiculing Pakistan, its Constitution, and its very people with this farce of a trial that has wasted countless hours and Millions of Rupees only to come up with a “symbolic” sentence. The needs of this country are beyond symbolic gestures, we need real action. This court of all people should be aware of that, So my request to you you Honorable Justices, Prime Minister, Mr. President and members of Parliament, if your not going to do something meaningful and thought out, take the day off.

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  • TK
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:28AM

    shame on u gillani, just quit

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  • Mirza
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:28AM

    The Prime Minister is required by oath to protect Pakistan’s constitution and Article 248 (2) of the Constitution states that the President “shall not be subject to any criminal proceedings whatsoever.” Gilani has a positive defense for his contempt charge, claiming that following the Courts instructions in writing the letter to the Swiss would violate his oath of office.The court can convict him and president should pardon him. The cat and mouse continues. There are no other imp cases to attend to!

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  • ashok
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:29AM

    What is the root cause of this shameful situation?

    NRO

    Who is responsible for NRO?

    Who else could play with the fate of Pakistan?

    Pakistan establishment or deep state who engineered the NRO.

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  • Hakeem
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:33AM

    That is one clever decision, sentence given and completed, now PM can’t even get pardon from president because he has already completed his sentence… hahahaahahaah

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  • Ali
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:34AM

    SC and the country are the winners. The corrupt must be answerable to the court. I hope this prevails.

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:39AM

    PM Gilani has behaved much better and with more dignity than the Nawaz-Shahbaz duo who physically attacked the Supreme Court, ransacked it, and chased away the then Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.Recommend

  • Beatle
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:42AM

    No surprises!!
    The Judges’ Union had pre-trial decision, and the proceedings were just to formalize the proceedings. But one thing is very clear. All 105 PPP-MNAs will have to be disqualified before a letter is written.

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  • vush
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:42AM

    he has appeared twice in the court despite and the constitution clearly states that he is no longer qualified…he is being showered with rose petals instead and waving his hand as if he was on some red carpet. the apathetic nature of this misogynistic nation!!

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  • Ashraf P
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:43AM

    “…few minutes’ detention” ??
    All this drama from this? A free judiciary’s verdict might not have been this. After 65 years it is back to square one. The most important pillar of democracy has crumbled under pressure.

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:43AM

    After this stupid verdict from supreme court of Pakistan, i must congratulate Gilani for his determination and standing infront of the court with out any issues.He went to the court when ever he was asked ….good job Gilani and very bad job Mr Justice….

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  • Chakar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Socialism for the rich, and Capitalism for the poor .. ;-)

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  • wahab
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Good decision by judiciary!!

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  • ashok
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:45AM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:

    Correction:

    Nobody (excluding serving or former members of armed forces and agencies) is above the law whether it is a PM or Peon in Pakistan

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  • maz3tt
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:46AM

    the supreme court seem to be under extreme pressure.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 10:49AM

    It’s a great news indeed…
    Supreme Court rules…

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  • Hassan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:51AM

    The verdict maybe of just 30 seconds. But declaring him guilty makes him ineligible for contesting in elections in the future. Which was i guess the primary purpose of the whole proceedings.

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  • zafar mahmood
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:53AM

    just face saving, nothing elese

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Well PM is convicted under section 5 of the contempt act not what ET says. At least to my knowledge. ET must lookt into the matter for correction

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  • zafar awan advocate
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:54AM

    punishment is punishment , even if it is for fraction of a second.He has been punished ; and , thus, he stands automaticcaly disqualified u/a 63(1) g of the constitution.

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  • Ahsan Nisar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:55AM

    Another first for Pakistan…… first convicted PM heads the cabinet! How many times do you see rose petals being showered on a convict…???

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  • Syed Khalil Ullah
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:56AM

    PM looking very happy on convection, Waaaaaah Raaaaaaaaaaa

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  • Usman
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Keep in mind the punishment of 30 sec was for the guilty verdict of contempt of court only. It was not for any other case like ppl are referring to here that he was only punished for 30 secs for looting billions of dollars. that’s a whole new case.

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  • Muhammad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:02AM

    It’s good that they only gave him a symbolic punishment (and if I’m reading this correctly, disqualified him from being Prime Minister?) since sending him to jail would have turned him into a political martyr, and God knows we don’t want to see his face in the PM House again.

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  • Abid Saleem
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:04AM

    Judges were on the warpath against PPP from day one…that was predicted…!

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  • gp65
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:07AM

    The contempt of court was widely expected. The contempt of court though does not automatically result in being disqualified from the Parliament. For that the judges also needed to state that Gilani was also guilty of ridiculing the judiciary. It is quite unclear that he did so. In other words not following orders was a clear case of contempt butridicule is something else i.e. similar to what Babar Awan did.

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  • Abdul Jabbar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:12AM

    @ashok:

    Yes, the party responsible for the genocide is in power even today. They are experts in exploiting graves of their past leaders to continue to emotionally blackmail the pakistani people.

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  • Litmus
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Ha Ha Ha…. a joke that all sane people well anticipated. Where in the world do they give “Symbolic” sentence….. Symbolic SC, Symbolic PM…….so on and so forth, and with all this, soon there will be a Symbolic Pakistan and our upcoming generations will be looking and searching for a Real one.

    May Allah have mercy on all of us, but frankly speaking right now all of this and alot more is calling for His wrath.

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  • Syed Khalil Ullah
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:14AM

    30 second imprisonment? Nazerya-a-zarorat can not die.

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  • SAJ
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:15AM

    if thats the verdict against corruption of BILLIONS than those who steal cellphones should be set free..

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  • Zeeshan Chandio
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:15AM

    @ Ashok

    yes, the party responsible for 1971 is still in power today. They have become experts in exploiting the deaths of their past leaders to emotionally blackmail the people of pakistan today. They gather votes by exploiting the deaths of their past leaders,a very tragic and disturbing strategy.Recommend

  • sameer
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:17AM

    waseem akhter did every thing right on 12 may

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  • gp65
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:19AM

    @Shaheer Malik: “Corruption of billion of rupees and punishment for few seconds”

    He wasn’t punished for corruption but rather for contempt of court. You do realize that besides the few seconds which is a token punishment, he is also being disqualified from the Parliament and will thus lose his Prime Ministership?

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  • ashok
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:21AM

    Many countries refuse visa to a convicted felon. He did spend 30 seconds (till the rising of the court) as punishment ordered by the supreme court.

    It will be very shameful if China or Saudi Arab or any country refuse visa for Gilani.

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  • zalim singh
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:23AM

    oops. i am not.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Thanks a lot that this the high voltage useless and in vain drama/film between the judiciary and the government has been ended now through which the whole nation has been deceived and fooled from a very long long time by the government and the Supreme Court.

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  • lalai
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:26AM

    This decision shows the internal guilt and lack of confidence of the judges. How come you convict one person and not punish him as per law. They have just followed their ego and justice now is a forgone conclusion now in Pakistan.

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  • let there be peace
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:26AM

    this is funny

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  • Haider Hussain
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Noora Kushti comes to an end.. After everybody, it’s now Judiciary’s turn to make Pakistan a laughing stock…

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  • ashok
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Was he convicted under section 5 only, not under section 61(3)g?

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  • Ali
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Powerful cannot be punished in Pakistan by this judiciary!! End of story!!

    This “Injustice system” is the root of all problems in our country!!

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 11:35AM

    I fail to understand that in first place how come courts desire that PM should write a letter of investigation against the President who holds immunity within the laws upheld in the courts.

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  • Nasamajh
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:36AM

    My dear fellows this is actually a move by the honorable court to encourage all the big criminals like Mr. 110% and Pervez Musharaf etc to come fwd accept their crime, serve their sentence, which would accumulate to maximum 30 mins to a few hours, for both of them and then resume to their normal life..

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  • Badsha
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:37AM

    another landmark decision by SC

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 11:39AM

    A few seconds? What is this? What a farce! The Supreme Court have made a mockery of itself and the constitution! Now no one will go out and protest if another dictator at another time overthrows the court! The judges have only themselves to blame.

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  • Insomniac
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Will an ordinary person get the same punishment if he does the contempt of court?? It seems that justice isn’t blind in Pakistan.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 11:43AM

    This is very unfortunate.judgement.The supreme court of Pakistan is becoming a political party.

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  • Gul Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:45AM

    The smile on Gilani’s face shows he feels proud of his crime and punishment.

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  • Ibrahim Ali Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:46AM

    @Ahsan Nasir… Remember Qadri?

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  • Kashi
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:46AM

    what gillani got punishment ??? he is free to move, NO FINE ???

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  • Rahim
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:46AM

    What a joke in my country …The one who looted the country is showered with flowers.
    Few min punishment for a corrupt person…this is just mad and making the nation fool.

    I just hope in the next election the people chose their leader wisely and not the ones you have already tested.

    Allah Pakistan ko Bachaye in Choroo se.

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  • Abd
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:48AM

    This is the level of punishment for prime minister

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  • Najam
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:51AM

    Don’t know if this decision will benefit people or so-called democracy but if PPP completes its tenure, we will have learnt at least half of the constitution.

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:53AM

    I wish I had chance to loot billions from Nation’s money, then I am ready to take this punishment of 30sec. I am also citizen of Pakistan same as PM and President.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 11:56AM

    All POWER Game

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  • John
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:00PM

    A disappointing conviction. No handcuffs? Wonder who will get the decision implemented? Where is PTI only seeing PMLN on tele!

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  • Common Man
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:03PM

    What a joke with the nation !

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  • Ali Shah
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:08PM

    Appreciate the decision of SC. PM now resign and do not take refuge of appeal of Speaker/Election Commission process. You have already been spared by the court by not acoording you six month sentence.

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  • Sarah Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:09PM

    i am disappointed to hear that he didnt receive any jail term.

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  • SAK
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Our supreme court is a Drama. Creat suspense and let the culprit go is the policy of SC.

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  • Alucard
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:13PM

    What will be SC next move?? Letter will still not be written. The SC judges have only satisfied their egos with this unconstitutional and hasty verdict. Because of the position Asif Zardari holds, it’s not a straightforward matter to write letters to foreign govts regarding his misdemeanors. The supreme court should have first clearly interpreted the immunity clause and then directed the govt to implement it.

    In all the judges are playing to the media gallery whilst politicians revel in corruption. The only true solution is early elections, and sensible public voting.

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  • cosmix
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:13PM

    One of the darkest day again….. The vicious cycle of self-inflicted constitutional insults continue……

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  • Ashar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Well 30 seconds for the premiere, 5 minutes for Babar Awan and proprotionately 100 years for a common citizen of Pakistan, so all Pakistanis, Behold, never contempt Supreme Court.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:27PM

    SC is trying to be more pious than the Pope. If he is convicted, throw him out. There can be no ifs and buts. Dissapointing.

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  • faraz
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:27PM

    What about the corps commanders who violated Supreme Court orders during 2007 emergency? No contempt of court notice for them?

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  • Logic Europe
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:33PM

    A foul deed has been done ,
    congradulations to the third most corrupt institution ,the judiciary,in Pakistan
    How many judges have been convicted so for by this supreme court??

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  • Arhamullah
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:36PM

    What a shameful face Gilani showing to nation? We made him our custodian he become rubber.

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  • maz3tt
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:38PM

    saza yafta hona is the matter of pride for these so called wannabe politicians.

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  • Syed Khalil Ullah
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Convection of prime minister is symbolic but can lead a process of disqualification. At practical it may not affect any situation as it is quite clear that government of Pakistan is not ready to write a latter to Switzerland for reopening the case against president and the process of disqualification may takes too long time by delaying techniques till the time of next election may arrive as the new elections are planed just after few months at the end of this year.

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  • UFF
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Where the Morality Ends,…..The only name in mind comes??

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:41PM

    30 seconds of punishment………what a joke

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  • Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:42PM

    just a message for those who are blaming court for the ruling, you guys don’t understand how it works… and i think i will be wasting my time if i try to explain. I feel hopeless and helpless…

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  • phudu mehkma taja hawaldar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:46PM

    @ashok:
    the president is a also a ex-convict who served a sentence of 12 long years in the prison. Pakistanis are very proud of him.

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  • Sajjad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:51PM

    What kind of panishment is this…… its a total discrimination.. just 30 seconds and now he is free!!! Is it the punishment for disobeying court orders!!!!

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  • roma
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:56PM

    perhaps he shouldnt have smiled sooo widely – gives the whole game away doesnt it ??

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  • Pea Brain
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:00PM

    I strongly propose a fund: PRIME MINISTER’S FUND FOR PURCHASING SELF-RESPECT.
    It’s worth a shot, I think. All other efforts will prove futile unless he, and they, can somehow get even a fraction of an ounce of self-respect.

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  • Noor M
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:00PM

    Will the Judiciary give same type of verdict to Musharraf as well?

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  • Criminals & corrupts
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:25PM

    1.The Current President Zardari spent 7 years in Jail for corruption charges!
    2.The Ex-president Musharaf is hiding in London on murder charges of Benazir Butto and a Baloch leader!
    3.Ex-Prime minister Nawaz sharif is a coward asking his army for unilateral withdrawal from Siachen!
    4.One of the Coalition Party’s leader and RAW agent Altaf Hussain is hiding in London and doing all kinds of violence in karachi!
    5.Future of Pakistan Imran Khan (?) is dreaming of to become Prime Minister boycotting elections and no support in the country except KPK area!

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 1:28PM

    Justice in Pakistan is SOLD to the highest Bidder

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  • Asim
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:29PM

    The punishment is just symbolic and a very good decision by the judiciary. If they would have punished him with a jail sentence the ppp would have instantly become a martyr and innocent. This judgement has shown the world their true faces, yet throwing the ball in their courts to see what they do with it. Excellent decision as this will continue the current corrupt regime for the last final few months before they can be thrashed properly in the elections..

    The issue with democracy is Pakistan has been that it has always been derailed after a few years, and hence despite all the tall claims of corruption and mis governance these parties return to the people as victors and victims of unfair play .. I hope the people realise this and cast their votes sensibly.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 1:30PM

    What a joke… at the end of the day Judiciary, Politician and Armed Forces all are corrupt

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  • Postman
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:37PM

    @John:
    Imran Khan has already said he wont accept Gillani as PM now

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  • Shahzad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:37PM

    A well negotiated decision. Gives the court some face saving and the PPP government time. Good thing our judges are politician otherwise the court would have decided the case on merit.

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  • Owais Ehsan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:41PM

    Punishment for 30 seconds. What a load of bullocks… any criminal would love this verdict and court ruling…Shame on Judiciary , people were hoping for you to do alot better than this.

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  • Zabandraz
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Wasted millions of rupees on this case and the security of CRIME MINISTER (THRICE) and then this joke??? Punishment of only 30 secs???? Had an ordinary person done this contempt, he would have got the maximum i.e. 6 months jail.

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  • Syed Zulfiqar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Good decision and thoughtful judgment. Justice is done and we have a sentenced PM now.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:02PM

    Justice may have been done but now comes the hard part and that is, it has to be seen by the public that justice has indeed been done.

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  • revo
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:10PM

    @Shaheer Malik:

    it was not a corruption case

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 2:10PM

    Good decision but cry in the wilderness.

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  • a&a
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:16PM

    WWF entertainment at it’s best . . . WOW..!!!

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  • munchkin bob
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:17PM

    since 14th feb the court kept itself occupied on the issue, along with few others of more or less same kind. God knows how many cases of ultra importance that required ultra urgency to be settled were neglected due to this ..

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  • Muhammad Imran
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Shame on the judiciary……… where shuolf the people of Pakistan look at for the justice…….. pathetic decision……….

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  • Haris Javed
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:19PM

    so from now onwards,
    premiere authorities can disobey orders of apex court
    because you would be awarded

    1) 2 minutes conviction (so called sentence cum silence)
    2) and then some slogans from cabinet members to break the ice!

    total nuts!! can’t understand what that so called independent bench was thinking while announcing this punishment!

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  • Rahat
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Biased decision, a political judiciary ordering prime minster to violate constitution and later convicting him for not violating the constitution. Shame

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  • ch ahsan ahman gondal
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:26PM

    the punishment for such type of crimnal should minimum 15 year in jail and whole property should be taken by the govt,and bank account should used for poor people only.

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  • popsaeed
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:31PM

    no matter 1 minute or 5 year conviction is imposed and if conviction is imposed then no longer prime minister an no longer mna

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  • bilal
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Good work, first time SC made a reasonable decision.

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  • Bee
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Smart move by the Judges!
    Punishment given without giving the chance to gain political mileage.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 2:58PM

    justice delayed justice denied

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  • Nikhilesh
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:13PM

    In Pakistan, the Prime Minister can get convicted by a court but no terrorist ever gets convicted due to ‘lack of evidence’.

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  • Asif
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:13PM

    In face of Corrupt the Supreme Court has succumbed.

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  • vote wisely
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:16PM

    If the Pakistani citizens are troubled by the current lot mis-ruling Pakistan, whether at federal or provincial or district level, they should perform their RESPONSIBILITY and VOTE on election day.

    Election day is not some chutti (holiday) for sleeping, watching TV or movies.

    It is your RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY to vote for whoever you think deserves your vote.

    Look in your own garaybaan (within yourself) and ask whether your name is on voters’ list, whether you are registered to vote and whether you have done your responsibility as a citizen of Pakistan.

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  • Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:58PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:

    As you sow, so shall you reap. A well
    deserved conviction. Lesson by the
    Judiciary: “Nobody is above the law,
    whether its a PM or a Peon

    Unless, you are peon of armed forces. The day Judiciary is able to punish people in the uniform for their corruption we will be slaves.
    There are thousands of them who have done more corruption than any elected representative but they are above everything in Pakistan.
    I don’t care whether or not Gilani was convicted I more care for the inequality in the society and the system. We have been able to hang a sitting PM before but are we able to control our so called guardians or are they above the constitution and elected representative and indirectly the 18 million people of Pakistan

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  • bilal
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:02PM

    Good work, first time SC made a reasonable decision.

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  • vote in next election
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:22PM

    if the current lot of mis-ruling elite is bad, then vote in next election

    stop complaining and do your duty. vote.

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  • furry
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:29PM

    It’s a very clever verdict against him..otherwise had been given a long sentence to him.he would be declared as champion or martyr by PPP..proud of judiciary!

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  • Kaspar
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:35PM

    All eyes are focussed on the PM, Yusuf Raza Gilani. But the man behind the scene, to protect whom Gilani is doing what he is doing, is safe behind the ‘constitutional immunity.’ It goes without saying that the party that came to power as a result of the NRO, knew very well that its co-chairman was playing on a weak wicket, and unless elected to the post of president, might soon be in trouble. So he was made president.
    The rest of the story is well known to all. More would follow, but it would be the logical result of the preceding events–the events of the last five years or so, starting with the negotiations between Musharraf and the PPP that led to the NRO!!
    Now they are setting a bad example. May Allah give them the strength and the foresight to see the right path.

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  • Abid P Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:37PM

    @ubaid:
    “is this a joke??”

    No no. Not at all. This is a serious attempt at getting into Guinness Book of Records.

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  • Rizwan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:48PM

    So, court announce the sentence and he face it and free from court……….But the main issue is still there…..Swiss accounts. What sentence give the people of Pakistan. They are still waiting their money back……What will be the next step of Court for this issue. We just want the the money come back from Swiss accounts. Sentence is not solution of problem

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  • Rizu
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:49PM

    So, court announce the sentence and he face it and free from court……….But the main issue is still there…..Swiss accounts. What sentence give the people of Pakistan. They are still waiting their money back……What will be the next step of Court for this issue. We just want the the money come back from Swiss accounts. Sentence is not solution of problem

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  • FactCheck
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Meaningless conviction. The verdict is nothing but savig face by the court. They could not enforce the verdict.

    “Imprisonment till rising of the court today” what is that minutes? Sentence is over before Gilani walked out the door because the cour has risen.

    It is joke and just proved judiciary can’t enforce their own judegment.

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  • Hussain Haidermota
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:25PM

    I cannot decide who has ridiculed the judiciary more; Gilani, by wilfully not carrying out the court’s orders, or the SC that sentences such a criminal to a 30 second ‘imprisonment’ till ‘the rising of the court’ – I wonder what this ‘symbolic’ imprisonment represents.. maybe how many seconds would a petty thief be entitled to?

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  • Ek Joker
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Funny Country, Funny people, funny leaders, funny acts, funny judiciary and funny verdicts :)

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  • Concerned
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:39PM

    The conviction is neither here nor there. He could have been convicted for one day simple imprisonment to meet the parameters of justice.

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  • Ghulamuddin
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:46PM

    There is no moral justification left to hold the office of premiership. The ruling orligarchs are violating the sanctity of the institutions, law and constitution. It is unfortunate that they will back to the constituencies for begging votes with huge awards of corruption, maladministration and bankruptcy. Over 18 crore will again be deceived.Recommend

  • ali gilani
    Apr 26, 2012 - 6:13PM

    Knowingly, they are pushing the system into chaos and polarization. Know the people who are the instigators of intolerance and backwardness in our Pakistan. Know that these are the people who patronize Salman Taseers’ killer, Know that these are the robes that set terrorists free knowingly, and all because they can’t bear the presence of a progressive political party ever since it came into existance. The highest level of intolerance achieved today. A dark day in our history but it reinforces the fact once again that Nawaz will never be a prime minister no matter how much sway he has over the current CJ, and that is because people of Pakistan are far more informed about nawaz and his party now than ever before.

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  • Ibrahim Ali Khan P.
    Apr 26, 2012 - 6:38PM

    @ali gilani:
    Progressive political party? the PPP? Progressively corrupt maybe. A dark day in our history? I’m tempted to assume that you have a vested interest in the PPP..The darkest day in our history was when our current president assumed office and this ridiculous government was allowed to start robbing the country blind. Recommend

  • Apr 26, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Whats fun in convicting a person if he z not punished???? Why only symbolic punishment??

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  • Babloo
    Apr 26, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Drama, action, comedy, tragedy.

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  • Lala Gee
    Apr 26, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @ashok:

    “What is the root cause of this shameful situation?
    NRO
    Who is responsible for NRO?
    Who else could play with the fate of Pakistan?
    Pakistan establishment or deep state who engineered the NRO.”

    You deserve my appreciation for the perfect analysis of the situation, though on numerous occasions I strongly disagreed with your point of view for the obvious reasons of propagating one sided Indian stance.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Guys, this is why every true Muslim wants shariat law. We need to establish a Islamic caliphate to get justice.. Khan & just imran khan can do it

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  • saqibtahir
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:33PM

    PPP won election in Multan today. This is the reaction from people.

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  • miniian
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:15PM

    we live in a country where the judiciary takes the role of self- mockery!

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  • Pungi
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Get ready for the “Tsunami March!!”

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  • waseem
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Great Technical Decision by Supreme Court. President has no option of Pardon for Yousuf Raza Gillani. POLICE Stop Corruption in Pakistan. Gillani is the support of Zardari Corruption

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  • Ahmed HM
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:13AM

    Its not a joke. It was a slap on the face of this government. No where in the world a PM is convicted …

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  • ANON
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:30AM

    Cunning decision by the court. People think he got away but no guys he just lost a chance of becoming a “political shaheed” which is no less than shameful for PPP.Recommend

  • ANON
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:35AM

    @Najam:
    Good joke Najam. We have definitely learned half of the constitution by PPP constant violation of it and their never ending cases.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:39AM

    It was a show-trial! This symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detenion in court was a farce. He should have been impeached and kept away from office till he gets exonerated.

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  • majid junaid
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:54AM

    what a shame if prime minister has a little bit self respect left he shouldn resign from his post
    what a politicians we have wow

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  • Singh
    Apr 27, 2012 - 2:10AM

    @Umar:
    He was sentenced for 30 sec.

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  • Apr 27, 2012 - 2:15AM

    PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and PTI chairman Imran Khan have demanded resignation from Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Imran Khan also said Supreme Court showed that everyone is under the law by convicting Prime Minister.

    In my and many other people’s mind there is a question that how a common man and Prime Minister is same. A common man case is run for years but Yousuf Raza Gilani was completed in three months, his punishment was only for 32 seconds whereas common man has to suffer millions of minutes.

    If Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is forced to resign by opposition (which includes PTI) then a common man like me will believe that everyone in Pakistan is under the one law.

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  • Singh
    Apr 27, 2012 - 2:23AM

    SC judge are no different than Hafiz Saeed like.
    It is so funny that judges are asking Executive to obey order which is unconstitutional in any democratic country then handing over a verdict against him. A monkey brain can make a better judgement. And above all, all these happy commentator does not know the ramification of this judgement on world stage. SC judge has made Pakistan democracy as laughing stock all over world. They should have think through this before acting on this case or appeal. They have pushed Pakistan toward another 1971.
    Singh From Chicago.

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  • swatay
    Apr 27, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Mr Prime Minister….i salute to ur loyalty and your courage…you will always be remembered a PM who faced the wrath of a biased judiciary and a foe establishment…Hats off

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  • Akbar
    Apr 27, 2012 - 3:57AM

    sack CJ

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  • hannan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 8:51AM

    officially we have a convict as a head of state …… the title should be renamed as crime minister

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  • Asifa Khan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 11:36AM

    PM has no right to hold the office now. May save Pakistan from such corrupt PM.

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  • Civilian
    Apr 27, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Jeay Bhutto and down with PCO judges!

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  • Imtiaz Ahmed Azmi
    Apr 30, 2012 - 10:08AM

    Whatever the punishment either 30 second or 30 years. The question arises that who get punishment who done mistake. Before the SC decision,PM said he respect the SC and laws and will accept whatever the decision for me.

    When the PM of country will not accept the SC decision than what will be common man.

    This is our country.
    .

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