No disqualification: Mirza's decision is a victory for democracy, says Gilani

Published: May 25, 2012

Speaker National Assembly decides against forwarding SC's reference to election commission. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza’s refusal to send a reference against him to the Election Commission is a victory for democracy, Express News reported on Friday.

Speaking at the Convention Centre in Islamabad, at a teacher’s gathering, Gilani stated that if former speaker of the National Assembly Maulvi Tamizuddin’s plea to the court would have been heard, Pakistan’s fate would have been different today.

Gilani further stated that even though education has become a provincial matter after the 18th Amendment, the Federal Government will not remain negligent.

His speech was met with cheers and sloganeering by the teachers present on the occasion.

Two days before the possible expiry of a 30-day deadline to decide on the fate of the prime minister, the National Assembly speaker dismissed bids to disqualify Yousaf Raza Gilani following his conviction by the Supreme Court in a contempt case last month.

“No question of disqualification of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani from being a member arises under clause (2) of Article 63 of the Constitution,” stated Dr Fehmida Mirza, in her five-page ruling released on Thursday.

Reader Comments (16)

  • May 25, 2012 - 11:51AM

    VICTORY for you corrupt people
    Loss for us all Citizens
    can he even spell the word Democracy ?

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  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    May 25, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Any decision that goes in your favor is a victory for ‘democracy’ and any crime committed by you and your family/party that makes headlines is an attack on democracy?!

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  • Concerned
    May 25, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Mr Gilani is certainly upholding the highest tradition of democracy by not resigning after being convicted by the highest court of the country with National Assembly members backing him for the same!!! Pakistan is setting some new democratic norms which are not followed in any part of the world. No wonder that the country was ruled by the military for thirty years since true democracy was never practised in Pakistan till date.

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  • HH
    May 25, 2012 - 1:03PM

    I’m getting sick of the word “Democracy”…. PPP has destroyed the importance of this word..

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  • Uzair
    May 25, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Someone should hand our ‘Prime Minister’ a first year book so he can understand what a democracy really is. Worst Government EVER!

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  • Vaqas uddin
    May 25, 2012 - 1:20PM

    Mr Gillani you and your team are fighting for same cause “Corruption”. I already know about the what step will take Dr Fehmida Mirza. I think you should proud for the Target Killings, Petrol Price, Drone Attacks, Bank Loans for IMF, This is not your Country and You know once you come to road without protocol people will gonna treat like a Lamers.. What will happened in the day of Judgement in Front of God??? You forgot you took the Oath to perform their duty in right manner but you don’t.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Victory for democracy.. loss for the nation, disgrace for the state.

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  • Pakistani
    May 25, 2012 - 1:35PM

    “Democracy” is the best revenge & u guys are making SURE

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  • May 25, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Let them eat Democracy.

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  • Freedom Seeker
    May 25, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Loyalties to party not to Pakistan.

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  • rana
    May 25, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Jaisi jamuriat waise h faisle. I must ask our corrupt Supreme Court, why didnn’t They disqualify him in their decision. They r also making fool. They have 4 years to make these decisions.

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  • ufaquarian
    May 25, 2012 - 6:38PM

    @Pakistani Hindu – Very well said !!

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  • Adeel
    May 25, 2012 - 7:34PM

    If this is democracy.. then we don’t want it. I’ll be happy with dictatorship. Thank you

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  • Mirza
    May 25, 2012 - 9:37PM

    Friends of Democratic Pakistan would not allow the same PCO SC to once again undo the verdict of the people and election results. Somebody has to stand up to the PCO judges and generals, and it is you madam speaker. You would live in history like the dissenting judges against Munir and Anwarul Haq. Kudos to the elected speaker of the elected parliament for using her powers independently not like 17 dummies.

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  • Gul Khan Momand
    May 26, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @rana: Supreme Court is not corrupt. SC gave a very wise verdict by not disqualifying him rather the decision was left on the parliament. First, because by disqualifying him SC would have made another PPP martyrdom that might have resulted in making further jahil PPP voters. Secondly it wanted to show to the people of Pakistan how corrupt people they have elected.

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  • ayaz bukhari(awaz e sindh)
    May 26, 2012 - 10:14PM

    I want to share one old famous qoute of urdu:

    “JIS KI LAATHI USKI BHENS”

    A parson who has the basket gathers the maximum number of apples.Recommend

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