PM Contempt: I have the right to exhaust all avenues, says Gilani

Published: May 9, 2012

Gilani says he will exhaust all options before he can be disqualified.. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LONDON: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that he would exhaust all means to have a fair trial and would not be coerced into a move out of office through unconstitutional means.

“I have no yearning to stick to power, but I will take it to finality and exhaust all avenues,” Gilani told a team of journalists as they accompanied him to the United Kingdom on a five-day visit.

He said the Constitution has explicitly spelt out ways to remove a Prime Minister and no one can force him out. The Supreme Court on Monday issued a detailed verdict of Gilani’s sentencing for being found guilty of contempt of court. Gilani, and his legal counsel are yet to file an appeal against that sentence.

When was asked about his stance on the issue of non-implementation of the Supreme Court’s order, for which he was subsequently found guilty and convicted for contempt, Gilani said all his decisions were taken in line with the Constitution. He said that as per his understanding. under Article 248 (1), President enjoyed complete immunity and he only did what he thought was the right thing.

“I took all decisions to the best of my abilities and in line with the rules and procedures, and in good faith,” he said, before adding, “I am proud that I fought for the constitution of Pakistan.”

Commending the support his government has received, and faith reposed in his stewardship of the Prime Minister’s office, said his coalition government enjoyed a two-thirds majority and its partners have stood by it through thick and thin. “Why should I fear those who are against the Constitution,” he stated.

Explaining the process, he said that still reserves the right to appeal the detailed judgment. After the judgment is released, the matter of his disqualification would be presented to the Speaker of National Assembly and finally decided before the Chief Election Commissioner.

“But we must also see what happens to the decision taken by the Election Commission against Waheeda Shah, who was disqualified, but the Sindh High Court stayed the decision,” the Prime Minister said, hinting at another possibility in the saga.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • PakPolitics
    May 9, 2012 - 2:10AM

    There is no word ‘Shame’ in his dictionary.

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  • Mirza
    May 9, 2012 - 2:26AM

    The PM said “I am proud that I fought for the constitution of Pakistan.”
    However, you should know the history of SC which allways and repeatedly sided with the mutilation of constitution by the powerful generals. Not once in its history the SC stood up for the constitution when a general commited high treason. Hi treason is a lesser crime for this PCO SC than contempt?
    My advise to the PM and govt is don’t appeal to the LHC but go via other HC, like the PM quoted SHC’s decision.

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  • Faisal
    May 9, 2012 - 2:30AM

    Convicted PM still holding his chair after the detailed verdict came out is such a shameful display of character.

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  • dv sikka
    May 9, 2012 - 3:02AM

    I damn care for rule of Law, what else is he saying.

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  • john smith
    May 9, 2012 - 3:10AM

    lol great timing sc just has he gets to uk, well done bravo thank you there are more ways than 1 to skin a cat

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  • Saqibtahir
    May 9, 2012 - 3:35AM

    Stand firm Mr. PM. Passive resistance is the best way to go.

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  • Sana Khan
    May 9, 2012 - 3:53AM

    You will exhaust Pakistan in the process, Mr. Ex PM.

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  • Sana Khan
    May 9, 2012 - 3:54AM

    How far will you run? How much will you resist? eventually you, your sons, your wife and your party leader will have to face the Justice…! (Jald Araha hai)

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  • Pakistan
    May 9, 2012 - 4:59AM

    yes you have the right to show ultimate b@ghairti..
    Shame!

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  • Zaleem Singh
    May 9, 2012 - 9:05AM

    Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is a real hero of Pakistan

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