Post conviction: Petitions pour in courts seeking premier’s removal

Published: May 1, 2012

Applications filed in IHC, SHC to be heard on May 2 and 3 respectively.

ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: 

Petitions seeking the prime minister’s disqualification poured in courts across the country on Monday.

A petition filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sought the court to order Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to stop serving as prime minister after his conviction in the contempt of court case.

It states that the premier defied the court’s orders by not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and thus he should be disqualified.

The petition maintains that according to Article 63(1) g of the constitution, the prime minister stands disqualified from being a member of the National Assembly and thus, his cabinet also stood dissolved.

The petition filed by Advocate G M Chaudhry will be heard by Justice Shaukat Siddiqui on May 2.

According to the petition, the cabinet, its advisers and ministers of the state cannot exercise power or continue to perform since Article 91 of the constitution would deem such actions to be unconstitutional. It added that all federal ministers, advisers and special assistants should be asked to quit their offices.

The petitioner, Advocate Chaudhry, cited all advisers and special assistants to the prime minister, the federal law secretary, attorney general and the chief election commissioner as respondents in the petition.

Meanwhile, the Sindh High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by Advocate Syed Moulvi Iqbal Haider on the same issue till May 3.

Justice Faisal Arab and Nadeem Akhtar took up the petition which was filed on Saturday on the request of Haider. The hearing will now take place in an open court on Thursday.

Justice Maqbool Baqar earlier declined to hear the same petition, saying that there were too many cases to be heard in the day and not enough time.

The petition too, seeks to move the Speaker of National Assembly to ask the chief election commissioner to declare the seat of the prime minister vacant upon Gilani’s conviction of contempt of court.

The petition numbered CP-D 1600/2012 cited the NA speaker, the chief election commissioner and the federal law secretary as the main respondents.

The petition reiterated that the Supreme Court has left the decision of unseating the premier up to those who hold constitutional offices. It, thus, requested NA Speaker Fehmida Mirza to ask the chief election commissioner to declare the seat vacant.

The petition also requests the commissioner to convene a meeting to exclusively discuss the issue of Gilani’s disqualification after he was convicted and sentenced.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Mirza
    May 1, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Why would the SC not write a simple line about the eligibility of PM as a member of NA in its order? A conviction of any kind is not an automatic cause for termination of his NA membership. Even if the SC clearly spells it out in its written order the PM has a right to appeal the judgment. Only after all his appeals are exhausted then he can be deprived of his seat in the NA or PM’s post. What is so much rush for and why would people go to lover courts for before the SC order? This short order of SC has created more chaos and problems than it solved. Do the judges read the papers or they are enjoying this self created political crisis?

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  • Atif Razzaq
    May 1, 2012 - 9:20AM

    Justice should be equal for all……..

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  • Baby ka Husband
    May 1, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Gilani and the PPP have made Pakistan insecure. What a big price to pay for what should have been an obvious decision by ex-PM. NO one thinks of the country unlike Manmohan Singh or Lalu Prasad says Baby.

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  • ishrat salim
    May 1, 2012 - 12:23PM

    I agree with Mirza Sb…people shud wait for detailed order of the SC before reaching to conclusion….Yes ! one thing that has upset many is….PM shud hv resigned on principle & on moral grounds….but it is very unfortunate for this country where values hv changed & culture of resigning on principle & moral grounds hv become non-existence….Recommend

  • Khalq e Khuda
    May 1, 2012 - 12:30PM

    One hopes that the Islamabad High Court would follow the foot steps of the respectable high courts of Sindh, Peshawar and Balochistan. As for the petition filed in Lahore High Court, a dismissal by LHC would send be clearly a vindication for the PPP and the Prime Minister.

    Jeay Bhutto!

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  • May 1, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Law and politics,
    two different field and subject,
    but has been attributed each others
    after thought technical scheme,they are looks success,
    because countdown has begun.

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  • Zaleem Singh
    May 1, 2012 - 2:55PM

    @Atif Razzaq:
    Justice should not be equal for all……..

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  • Ajamal
    May 1, 2012 - 3:29PM

    People of Pakistan are responsible for the current status of country’s affairs. They only elect corrupt, self serving people to the assemblies and then cry foul.

    They have to wake up and use their votes to elect clean, capable and country loving people to the assemblies, otherwise their fate will not change.

    Remember Allah does not change the condition of a people unless people themselves try to change their fate.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 1, 2012 - 8:28PM

    Mr.Gillani will be buried under such petitions in few days.One said earlier, ‘ Go when the going is good’. But,he has chosen to be disgraced,so be it !

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