PPP may not appeal against the judgement

Published: May 9, 2012

Can’t say anything about appeal at the moment… Gilani Sahib will decide about it himself, says Aitzaz.

ISLAMABAD: 

For now it seems that the Pakistan Peoples Party has decided to respond to the conviction of the premier with “political means” alone and is unlikely to file an appeal against the apex court’s verdict.

However, the final decision regarding filing an appeal in the Supreme Court would be taken by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani himself after he returns from a five-day tour to the United Kingdom, party officials and members of his legal team told The Express Tribune.

“I can’t say anything about the appeal at the moment… Gilani Sahib will decide about it himself,” said Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, the chief defence counsel for the premier in the contempt of court case which declared Gilani guilty last month.

Aitzaz, however, refused to answer when asked what his personal opinion was about filing an appeal. “I’ll give my point of view to the premier, not to media,” stated the lawyer who is also one of the key PPP leaders and a member of the Senate.

About the difference of opinion within the ruling party on the issue, he said the final decision would be taken after reaching a consensus.

This new position of apparent silence was in sharp contradiction of the party’s original plans of immediately filing an appeal once the detailed verdict is out.

However, no reason was given for this change of heart.

At least a couple PPP leaders said the party was not interested in filing the appeal because it thought the decision would not be different than the detailed verdict issued by the Supreme Court earlier in the day.

“We know it will not make any difference,” said one of the officials close to President Asif Ali Zardari. Another confirmed the party’s reservations regarding filing an appeal.

There was, however, no official word by the PPP in response to the detailed verdict by the court in the contempt case. Officials said Zardari had called Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza to reach Islamabad as soon as possible.

Dr Mirza’s role in this episode remains crucial since she is the one who has to decide whether or not to send a reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the disqualification of premier Gilani.

A lawyer in the premier’s defence team claimed that the decision of the speaker regarding the disqualification would be final and could not be challenged in any court.

Insiders said she was likely to announce that the prime minister was immune against any criminal charge under Article 248 (1) of the Constitutional and, therefore, no reference would be sent to the ECP.

There was a hint of this in a statement issued by Fawad Chaudhry, the premier’s special assistant and member of his defence team.

“Detail judgment is prima facie violative of Article 248 (1) of the Constitution under which the prime minister of Pakistan has complete immunity in discharge of its official functions,” said Chaudhry.

He added under Article 62 (2), the decision of the speaker regarding the qualification or disqualification of premier Gilani would be final and could not be called in question in any court.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2012.

Reader Comments (8)

  • M. Ahmed
    May 9, 2012 - 11:35AM

    PPP has lost the wisdom and ability to differentiate between right and wrong. They may fool some people for sometime but they certainly cannot fool all the people all the time.

    Criss-cross tactics and myopic moves will only aid them to limp a certain distance but PPP will never reach the destination. Too many crooks have spolied the broth!

    PPP moral bankruptcy galore!

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  • Insider
    May 9, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Get ready for Tsunami march…!!

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  • Ahmad
    May 9, 2012 - 12:17PM

    We PTI still stands behind PM, we are with justice.
    Nawaz Sharif only playing Noora Kushti.

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  • Usman
    May 9, 2012 - 12:48PM

    @M. Ahmed:
    In fact the PPP knows exactly the difference between right and wrong, they simply chose the later

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  • Zaikam
    May 9, 2012 - 1:49PM

    @ Ahmed: “Lost” wisdom? Did they ever have even a bit of it?

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  • elcay
    May 9, 2012 - 2:39PM

    Rest assured all. Nothing is going to happen. PM will complete his term.He will most probably earn another term. I feel so because:

    SC was reluctant to disqualify PM. Reason? most probably lack of backing from the brass and the disarrayed opposition.
    Speaker will not forward the order to ECP as being loyal to PPP(unless she wants to sweet revenge isolation of her husband.
    Masses do not have the will to protest.
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  • Lala Gee
    May 9, 2012 - 7:33PM

    The leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party is the most inept, corrupt, and shameless in the history of mankind. Even the morally bankrupt followership is the mirror image of the leadership. In just four years of their rule, they turned every thing upside down. The taking off economy of Pakistan went into a nose dive. Not a single of the existing problems have been taken care of but exponentially aggravated them by mismanagement and corruption.Recommend

  • Logic Europe
    May 9, 2012 - 7:52PM

    the suprem court must be resisted ,their attitude is partisan and it must not be accepted
    I think resistance offered by ppp wll make supreme court look int it’s own behaviour and in future refrain from indulging in politics

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