Gilani will continue to hold prime minister's post: Govt

Published: April 26, 2012

SC found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVED/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Despite being convicted for contempt of court by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will continue to hold the premier’s post, the Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H Naek said while reading the government’s official policy statement during the National Assembly session on Thursday. 

An apex court bench found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and gave him a symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detention in the courtroom.

Naek further added that the assembly speaker has the prerogative to decide Gilani’s fate. “You are the final arbitrator,” Naek said, addressing NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.

The Law and Justice minister said that the government will now ask for a review of the court’s decision once the SC issues the detailed judgement of the case.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Kaleem
    Apr 26, 2012 - 8:05PM

    In one word, Shameless!

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  • zeeshan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 8:10PM

    extreme! they dnt have any self respect Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 26, 2012 - 8:13PM

    This can only happen in Pakistan and nowhere else in the world.

    The simple reason is: We have no respect of the law and we are not shameful of our acts and deeds.

    No matter what happens to the country or the people of Pakistan, our ego should not be challenged under any circumstances.

    The political leaders of Pakistan while sitting on the treasury benches think that they are above the law.

    This kind of superiority complex is not only ruining the masses but also the country.

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  • Muddassir
    Apr 26, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Naek Sahib we already knew it that your party’s lust for power and corruption has no ends.

    Courts. justice, respect, dignity, law…these are words only a common man understand and tries to abide by, you and your bunch are not broutgh up in those environments where these words would have any meaning!…So yesh for you it’s a chil mahool..;(

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  • saqibtahir
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:24PM

    @zeeshan:
    Do other institutions have any respect for the elected parliament, President, and Prime Minister?

    Polotical moves need political responese.

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  • Khurram
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:29PM

    The most appropriate action for the Prime Minsiter Gilani was to stand down until the judgement on his appeal by the Applellate Court. Shamelessly clinging to power means another nail in PPP’s coffin.

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  • shahid
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:34PM

    tv episode,long play boaring drama

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  • Whiny!
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:37PM

    The thing more sad than this situation is that we can’t even make good movies about it.

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  • Not me
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Does PM Gilani have any moral ethics?

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 9:44PM

    Only in Pakistan can the parliament over rule the Supreme Court. The PM has again and again said that SC is subservient to the Parliament. If in future Yousaf Raza Gilani is in the minority opposition party and the Parliament in power uses the same unconstitutional logic then will Gilani support it?

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  • HRK
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:52PM

    @saqibtahir: I beg to differ. I think by not sending him to jail the Supreme Court just made a very smart move known as “giving someone enough rope to hang themselves”. Jail term would have turned PM into a political martyr (syaasi shaheed) and by convicting him yet not sending him to jail they’ve given him a self-check to either resign on moral grounds (if he has enough self respect) or to continue his job (no respect lost when you don’t have any).

    People might say that it has been boring and time-wasting saga but I think we discovered the real faces of Aitzaz Ahsan and some others who made use of loopholes in our constitution, so enough lessons have been learned regarding our future choice of leadership.

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  • HRK
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Also, a very dangerous precedent has been set by our leaders. As Javed Chaudhry rightly points out in this article:

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Shame on me.. shame on each and every Pakistani.. Shame on this country..

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  • usman
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Drama Dram Drama

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  • Mirza
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:13PM

    The elected speaker of the elected parliament is the proper person to decide the fate of its members. This is according to the constitution and no need to sensationalize or scandalize the course of law. All the critics of the govt who what it to follow the law should be quiet if the PM now follows the law. These same critics were silent when Sharif’s hooligans attacked the SC and stopped its hearing or Gen Mush threw 60 judges with their families in detention. Those were not the contempt of the court however following the course of law is. Even in their worst days the PPP never attacked a court or detained all the judges. However, honest is the first victim when cynics come out against the elected govt.

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  • zeeshan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:28PM

    @ saqibtahir,

    these lawmakers are morally dead and sorry to say they are nt even sincere to themselves let alone pakistan!hence there is no respectRecommend

  • Abdulhaq
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Naek Sb: The correct word is ” arbitor’ and not arbitrator ! Does your statement needs any further comment ! You are a “Senato” and a former Law Minister ?

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  • maz3tt
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:02PM

    I have no words in describing my feeling of utmost unrespect reading the title of this article. those who have no respect for the law. i have no respect for them. i think the title of pm has made him lost his mind. i am the one and only one. this is very dangerous for a human being

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:07PM

    @saqibtahir…………..What parliament ? of fake degree holders corrupts & a bunch of inadequates…………shame on them & their convicted so called PM.

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  • maz3tt
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:27PM

    for some noble human being respect is everything and for some money and power is everything.

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  • A. Khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Doesn’t this mean Gilani automatically ceases to be PM per Article 63 of the Constitution which states

    “(g) he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for 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, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release; or”

    According to constitution, Gilani loses his seat immediately and therefore is no more PM. Aitzaz Ahsan can continue his appeal if he wants.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 11:39PM

    Lust of power! All are out against court ! Dangerouse move ! Immediate elections should be ordered!

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  • Jibran
    Apr 27, 2012 - 2:09AM

    @k. Salim Jahangir:
    What parliament ? of fake degree holders

    How about the fake domicile holders?

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  • Apr 27, 2012 - 11:24AM

    I agree its OUR fault that these criminals are running & ruining this COUNTRY
    Lets get together & do something
    get these uneducated , criminals OUT

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  • Asifa Khan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 12:31PM

    Shame for Prime Minister and PPP government. May save the country from these corrupt rulers.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:42PM

    @Jibran………….Thanks for supporting my contention !

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 28, 2012 - 1:57PM

    This is called the government’s most ever greatest effrontery except noting.By-law PM Gillani must resign from premiership voluntarily himself to show the real sportsmanship and to prove true that Supreme Court’s decisions are more important than any institutions as PM Gillani and PPP’s representatives have said in their speeches that he they will accept the Supreme Court’s decisions and will never resist.

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  • Jamal
    Apr 28, 2012 - 8:15PM

    One more landmark decision by SC. Earlier landmark decision are:
    1) Justice Munir’s decision to uphold the dissolution of Assembly.
    2) ZA Bhutto judicial murder.
    3) Validations of all Military rules.
    4) Validations of all LFO & PCOs
    5) Upholding the dissolution of assemblies and Govts of Junejo, Benazir Bhutto (twice) Nawaz Sharif.
    6) Dumping of Mehran Bank, Bhutto judicial murder case, 12 May and 9 April killing in Karachi and many more cases.
    One day public will point figures against the judiciary and stand with a resolve to stop it being used against the democracy and providing justifications to dictatorial manifestations in Pakistan.

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  • Farwah
    May 14, 2012 - 10:06PM

    The additional note of Justice is blatantly biased and politically motivated endeavor to instigate the masses against the elected government and pave the path for army by proving the elected government a failure. “For his duty, not to make a present of justice but give judgment”. (from Apology of Socrates). His additional note reveals his non-professionalism and discloses his prejudice towards the elected PM and his brilliant lawyer. How can a sane man believe in the credibility of such a judgment whose bench member openly tries to degrade the party to the case. We should not eye the judge with Judiciary’s lens; rather we need to analyze it in the political framework that is quite disturbing in the wake of the judgment. We should not believe in the judiciary blindly. The judiciary is comprised of individuals who could have motives of any kind. It is was obvious to be biased because it was restored at eleventh’s hour by the government; The government has challenged its hegemony for constitutional reasons; In my opinion, Pakistani nation will study this judgment in its history subject as another black spot on judiciary as the judicial murder of Z.A Bhatto.

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