Gilani no longer prime minister

Published: June 19, 2012

Court says Gilani has been ineligible since April 26. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible to hold office, Express News reported. The court said that he had been ineligible since April 26.

He has been declared ineligible to be prime minister ever since the verdict in the contempt case had been announced.

The Election Commission of Pakistan, following the court order, issued the notification of Gilani’s disqualification.

Gilani will not be a member of parliament following the verdict, and his name was also removed from the Press Information Department website.

“Yousaf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan,” said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order.

“The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process,” he added.

(Read a copy of the short order here)

Express News reports that Gilani can appeal against the verdict within 30 days.

Former Election Commission secretary said that after the Supreme Court verdict, Gilani has been disqualified for five years, and added that he also cannot hold any official post in the party.

Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Assembly session was adjourned for five minutes in protest of the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Following the verdict, all federal cabinet ministers stopped using the security protocol assigned to them. National flags were also removed from their vehicles.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also held a meeting after the verdict was announced, during which the party decided to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict.

‘No candidate from PML-N for PM post’

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, while talking to the media, said that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) will not present any candidate for the post of the prime minister.

He added that the Supreme Court gave this verdict in the petition filed by PML-N which demanded Gilani’s disqualification.

“If he [Gilani] had supported the Constitution and the judiciary, and had not protected a beneficiary of the NRO, then Pakistan would not have been seeing this day,” Sharif added.

Supreme Court hearing

Earlier, concluding his arguments in the Speaker’s ruling case, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said that the immunity provided to Gilani cannot be taken away anyone but the Parliament and that he was not answerable to any court.

Qadir was told to wrap up his arguments by 11am today.

Speaking before a three-member bench of the Supreme Court hearing the petitions filed against the speaker’s ruling in the prime minister contempt case, AG Qadir said that the petitions were being politicised and that the Supreme Court’s autonomy will be questioned if it hears such petitions.

The judicial bench observed that being an attorney general, Qadir should assist the court proceedings, rather than defending a party.

The attorney general also said that the contempt of court law was made in the colonial era when the sub-continent was operating under the British rule.

Earlier, Qadir had said that the judges who announced the verdict of the contempt case against Gilani were “more inclined towards disqualifying him” than deciding whether it was a contempt case or not.

He had said the parliament has the right to reject court’s decision if it decides against the Speaker’s ruling.

The attorney general had also presented a resolution of the parliament before the bench, which stated that the parliament had confidence in the speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza’s decision.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had observed that the job of the court was to interpret law and that it will continue doing so “no matter what anyone thinks”.

The chief justice had said that the court respected the parliament and that they should do their job while the court does its own.

AG Qadir had said that if the court takes a decision against the Speaker’s ruling, then it will create a conflict between institutions. Justice Chaudhry replied saying that there is no conflict between institutions.

The attorney general had read out an article written by a judge of the Indian Supreme Court that stated that people are free to criticise the judges and discuss about them. Justice Arif had interrupted him and had said that he should discuss the case than wasting the court’s time.

The petitions, including those filed by PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), had challenged the speaker’s ruling and demanded prime minister’s disqualification after he was convicted of contempt by the apex court.

Reader Comments (198)

  • SK
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:55AM

    This guy Irfan Qadir should be acting in films instead of being in legal business since he seems to portray himself as a macho man trying to challenge a foreseeable decision

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  • Rana
    Jun 19, 2012 - 11:11AM

    Devil’s advocate!

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Jun 19, 2012 - 11:59AM

    @SK

    If a ‘judgement’ is foreseeable then it’s not justice

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  • ahmad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:00PM

    He is right, PCO judges will goto great lengths against democratic govts while try their best to accommodate dictators and their touts…..

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  • Mute
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:04PM

    By reading just news news and news. Simply it need no philosophical theory. just calculate the moves(read statements) of some key players in government during each horrible issue like karry loger bill, Memo gate. Raymond Davis case and now Malik riaz case.
    It simply seems that only one team is behind all these issue. A team trained and couch by a foreigner

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  • M Usama Kabbir
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:06PM

    This was bound to happen to a SC that gives political rather than legal decisions.

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  • abc
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:09PM

    The AG is trying to prevaricate the matter by placing trivial objections, he does not have any real arguments to defend his client. Its really strange that the government is trying escalate the matter which could have been resolved in a right manner. They should focus on matters the requires great attention. There is an undeclared war which is knocking a huge detriment to our country progress.People are living without electricity water and food. There are no jobs and the unemployment rate is all time high. The currency is going down and the economy is in very bad shape. People needs respite from this plight. People must know the difference between the real politics and opportunist. Vote for a better pakistan and the party who does not come into power to make money. This is the time to ostracize those who are corrupt and running personal agenda in the name of democracy.

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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 12:15PM

    On the first place Speaker was not all required to review SC judgement and give her ruling based on legal articles basis in the SC earlier judgement.

    SC should simply declare Speaker’s decision out of context / irrelevant and SC’ original decision to punish PM may be considered upheld and SC must immediately announce a dis-qualified MNA and Prime Minister.

    Regards
    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

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  • Muhammad Arif
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:17PM

    The job of the parliament is legislation which apparently takes precedence over interpretation. The point needs to be highligted by AG in the court.Recommend

  • Muhammad Arif
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:20PM

    Making of law and interpretation of law are two different aspects. We should consider that to what extent the interpretter can impact law makers.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:42PM

    I just wanna see this Gillani go, enough is enough, he has made us a laughing stock

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  • ukp
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:49PM

    what immunity of PM this guy talking about?

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  • Beatle
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:05PM

    We have become so extremely polarized intollerant society that we can’t even listen to our opponent, regardless of how logical argements are. This applies to almost every section of people, be it government, opposition, media, lawyers, and so much so the Judiciary. This is really sorry situation, particulary with the Judiaciary. There has to be, at least one, institution which not only should treat everyone impartially and seen to be doing so.

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  • Parvez
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:30PM

    If Parliament is the authority and Parliament is theoratically the voice of the people and the people want him to go.

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:54PM

    Under the constitution of Pakistan, neither Prime Minister Of Pakistan can dismiss a judge nor can a judge dismiss a Prime Minister. This is as far as the rule of Law and the upholding of constitution is concerned.
    The Prime Minister is to be either voted and Judge is to be removed by Supreme Judicial Consul.
    Rest all is Politics and gimmicks wasting time of the nation.

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  • RS
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:01PM

    They way AG Irfan Qadir tried/trying to change Parliment function from merely legislative body to implementing all laws as well. If this senerio is accepted (by mistake) than wont it would be better to transfer all/any public/private legal cases to Parliment. Pakistan will become first country in the world to have/introduce such a system in the world and2 public will be free from paying lawyers, State will save millions in overall nations judges salaries, electric, phone, water etc etc expenses. If AG concept is worthless than he should be sent to jail as well for coming with weird concepts.

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  • Liberal
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:09PM

    This is fake SC. They are actually PMLN and PTI workers.

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  • KB
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:09PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui: Sorry but how? It’s not a complicated case. This case is like Killing Someone, then accepting that and then saying I don’t want myself to be punished for it because I think so – in this case, can you guess what the outcome of it, if at all you were asked to?

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  • sashayub
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @Liberal:
    additing to what you said, in 2013 CJP will retire…thereafter, he wants to become president of pakistan, when both PML-N and PTI will support him to become one

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  • Sajjad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:25PM

    Supreme Court should issue a clear judgement against a convicted prime (Minister) public servant.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui: The punishment of a thief is very much forseeable. Its not E=mc2

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  • Malik Waqar Haider Awan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Shame on Speaker, who sits over the Judgment of Supreme Court of Pakistan, which is apex court of Pakistan. Tomorrow, some head of the department also try to flout the judgments of court, whlid referring the action of Speaker. Speaker’s Chamber trying to become the appellate court to the Supreme Court which could not be permitted.

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  • basharat
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:32PM

    The Supreme Court, the Chief Justice is clearly exceeding its constitutional limits since its restoration. The Court has authority to interpret the Constitution and law, what it had been doing amounts to encroachment into the domain of the Executive and the Parliament. The Apex Court has vast authority, nevertheless, it is not a totalitarian entity. It is absurd to think that a prime minister, who enjoys confidence of the Parliament can be removed by one or two judges. The court as well as the Executive, in order to avert possible constitutional deadlock, are required show restraint.

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  • Abdul Wahab Lashari
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:44PM

    Supreme court is failed to address the issue of common man, Basicaaly they are working for PML N and PTI… Biased and Political Supreme Court

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  • Adnan Khawaja
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Good decision. Thanks to Allah.

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  • Allah Ditta
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:47PM

    @ Naeem Siddiqui

    Forgive the nation by passing your judgement, these corrupt twins gillani and zardari hav shaken the trust foreign investment including Khalifa Refinery.

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  • Imran
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:47PM

    PPP supporters think that for them they have another law and ruling authority i.e. their hand picked speaker and for rest of Pakistan there is police, laws, courts and life long agony.

    I wonder what suggestion will Fauzia Wahab have for them at this moment!

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  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:49PM

    People’s choice preferred for the first time in the history of Pakistan.

    Remarkable decision.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:49PM

    A sad day for Pakistan! A PCO judiciary is doing the establishment’s dirty work again; this time pro bono!

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  • elementary
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:50PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui: If you have avery strong case with arguments and evidence,legally speaking, then you can “foresee” the inevitable.

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  • ukp
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Gone with the wind, now make Gilani pay back all the money he spend since april 26, khas kam jahan pak

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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 3:51PM

    At last what the SC has taken a strict action.PPP rarely shown any respect to SC decisions. Its Good, now he has to go or other wise face the consequences.

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  • Atif Yousufzai
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:51PM

    Finally the Malik Riaz Fiaso pushed supreme court to perform it’s duties in full manner, good decision by SC and now i can expect a free and fair general elections.

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  • Tayyar
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Change is imminent

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  • CrapCutter
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:52PM

    @sashayub:
    @Liberal:

    Talk about now and not 2013. And get your facts straight. A retired judge cannot take a position in any public job immediately – there’s a three year waiting period.

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  • Jat
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:52PM

    The start of Pakistan Spring !!

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  • Mohammed Arif
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:53PM

    If we love Pakistan to run smoothly, we should blindly respect any verdict of Supreme Court in the present CIRCUMSTANCES only.

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  • Hairaan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:53PM

    Thank you SC

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:53PM

    Surely you can put a new story for an important news like this ET! Or at least delete the old comments which are no longer relevant.

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  • Oopsie!!
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:54PM

    Congratulations Pakistan!

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  • Rashid
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:55PM

    CJ you are real Lion, you are great.

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  • Zia
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Then why it was not clear in the initial judgment??
    Why SCP left so much doubt?
    Why to leave the nation at the mercy of speculations and rumours?

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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 3:57PM

    No longer PM, why doesn’t he leave then? Who’s stopping him?

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:58PM

    @Mute:
    The thing is your “calculations” are subject to error and the things you calculated together do not add up to that conclusion. They’re all very different. The only thing they have in common appears to be you don’t like how each turned out/is turning out. In fact, what it actually adds up to is an incomplete conspiracy theory.

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Now a big question. What about all decisions and international agreements signed by the dismissed p.m. since April 26, 2012 till today? Probably, the incominng new prime minister will indemnify all those actions through a resolution in the dnational assembly.

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:00PM

    @abc:
    …trivial? You call issues with the court overstepping trivial?

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:00PM

    @Muhammad Arif:
    You have got it all wrong. Once legislation is done or currently in effect, Supreme Court is the highest authority to interpret. However the Parliament can always re legislate or amend any article to make it fool proof. No where in the world, parliament is the ultimate authority on interpretation. Who ever says so is playing to the gallery.

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  • Cloud nine
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Bye bye PM

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  • UFF
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Long live …..SC

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:05PM

    CJ on revenge spree. Lets see what else is on his list?

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  • Taji
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Zardari will replace him with another yes man, and a compliant PM. How many more PMs Zardari will sacrifice?

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  • Arindom
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Handed over the ‘victim’ card to PPP!!
    Look forward to General Elections now!

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  • Saqibtahir
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:06PM

    Judicial coup. A black day in the history of this unfortunate nation where no elected PM could complete his/her term due to establishment.

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  • Cautious
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:07PM

    So anytime the SC wants to get rid of a PM all they have to do is convict him of “contempt” which is typically considered a minor crime in any other country?

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  • Lawyer
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Good decision… Gilani is a convicted person… Time of appeal against convication has passed … person Convicted for contempt cannot be a member of parliament … yes

    No other question arise. ONe thing has left that such incredible and unintellectual slave of party,,,, the speaker national assembly should also be punished for her misdeeds and form making mockery of parliamentary proceedings. …
    @Naeem Siddiqui says foreseeable decision is not justice… is it a joke… so where you kill someone openly then court should not say you should be convicted because it is a foreseeable decision.. surpriesed to read illogical comment

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  • Truth Detector
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:08PM

    SC Zindabad ! CJ Iftikhar Chaudhary Zindabad !!! God Bless you, Sir. Bye Bye Gillani..

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  • jibran
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:10PM

    These judges took oath of allegiance to a dictator. And then to the PML-N. What else do you expect when you are the cousin of the law minister of the same party, and your son is neck deep in corruption.

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  • A
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:10PM

    Finally a good news.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:11PM

    A very sad day in the history of Pakistan! I need another Musharraf so we can have nice, calm, prosperous, worry free 8-9 years.

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  • sajid
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:13PM

    So shah sahib will take benefits of immunity at home.lol

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  • OG
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:13PM

    “so why don’t they leave then? whose stopping them?” PM GIllani

    Now why don’t you leave? no one is stopping you! in fact people are forcing you to leave so please do so! I dont know what people here are complaining about. This is great news! Finally someone or some institution (SC in this case) stood up to the corrupt politicians who are running this country! and as far as the ruling of the speaker goes… really? come on! she herself is a member of the PPP and obviously she’s biased, hence she didn’t disqualify the PM in the first place. if she/he wasn’t a part of the ruling party, the decision would have been different and PM Gillani would have been disqualified a month ago!

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  • Mani
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:17PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui:
    That is perhaps the dumbest thing I have read. So if it is forseeable that a murderer will be punished for his crime, it is not justice?

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  • Maryam Piracha
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:17PM

    “The judicial bench observed that being an attorney general, Qadir should assist the court proceedings, rather than defending a party.”

    This.

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  • Mr S
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Finally some thing good happening in Pakistan.

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  • Fahim Alavi
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:21PM

    If PM and President has no immunity so does CJ has no immunity :p

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  • aliz
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:22PM

    good work by Mr Itaza Ahsan . Rs10/- fee and check made………hahhahahaha…….another wicket of PPP.

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  • Farooq K. Qazi
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:22PM

    This statement from the SC would at least give the masses some hope. Gillani’s disqualification is a welcome step. This government’s performance has been the worst in our history. They have forced people to rethink whether democracy really is what they want or would it not be better if the Army ruled. SC needs to be praised for this step, on whosoever’s prerogative it may have happened.

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  • A Chaudhry
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Chief Sahib, You are a great man, this guy was an economic animal serving the interest of his master the economic godzilla.

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  • Saad Saeed
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:23PM

    A great day for Pakistan. Thanks to PTI and PML (N)
    Now PMLN should resign from assemblies. Its the right momentRecommend

  • MA
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Another chance to appeal within 30 days. isn’t it a continuation of previous order which were not appealed against, since Apr 26? Does Gilani stand any chance in appeal Strongly doubt.

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  • pk sucks
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:25PM

    typical pakistan . a failed state ….

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  • :D
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Expected decision. No surprise because it is happening with PPP for last 35 years.

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  • Muhammad Haroon
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Gilani must quit now.

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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 4:26PM

    @Ali:

    “I just wanna see this Gillani go, enough is enough, he has made us a laughing stock”
    .
    Not us, but the court and the culprit.

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  • Hassan Fershori
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Well played at last all pieces are come into their respective places, Supreme Case is under scrutiny, media is also under fire, and political system as always so sluggish .Holy Cow (the military establishment) shall have the last hurrah.
    Nexus of the military establishment & capitalist barbarism again played a role where we have to pick/accept the system they would like.
    GOD helps Pakistan.

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  • Hafeez Pasha
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:26PM

    The Supreme Court has lived up to the maxim: “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”

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  • MEHER
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Prime minister of any country is the leader who drives the country to development and prosperity. However, unfortunately Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of Pakistan did not fulfill this responsibility. in his four years, he has only gained more power and got involved in all kinds of corruption.

    He deserved what he got.

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  • S
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Goodbye And Good Riddance, Mr. Prime minister!!

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  • SHABBIR BHEDA
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Why did it take the SC 2 months to come to this statement when it could have done the same at that moment. This is real politics, and that too, dirty

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  • usmani
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Better late than never. SC has taken the decision,what it should have taken earlier, castigate the corrupt prime minister,who is making mockery of the country law.

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  • Jan Sher
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @Liberal: Yah , It was Supreme court who bought SURRAEY PALACE , denied first in the National Aseembly but later it was sold under Bhutto/Zardari name? Where that money came from? If it was Public money then what wrong Supreme court is doing asking Yusuf Raza to write down letter to Swiss Banks to declare Zardari’s wealth , convicted there in Money laundering cases( See CITI BANK US SENATE HEARING). So, whose Money Gilani is supposed to safeguard? People’s Money? And what he is doing? Telling SC that He will stand by Zardari in corruption and will not investigate his wealth in swiss Banks looted from Pakistani People? I think SC is doing just the right thing. Gilani is supposed to safegaurd People of Pakistan’s interests not Looted Money of Zardari. In this sense Both Zardari and Gilani are traitors of People of Pakistan and the Cronies in the national and Provencial Assemblies are too. They must be accounted for corruption. And by the way, This is the Job of the Courts.Recommend

  • Noor
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Now this is free judiciary

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  • narinder
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:31PM

    no no in pakistan need democracy all countries support democracy in pakistan

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  • Tahir
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:32PM

    People sporting the govt. One question, why didn’t the PM appealed against his conviction. and why hide under the speaker? Speaker is just a honorary role to oversee parliament’s activities. She’s has no legal basis to overturn SC judgment. SC judgment can only challenge in SJC .

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  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Sorry state for the people of Pakistan. Non elected entities wiil always rub the nose of elected reps. It has been proven. Wheather robes or uniform it the same thing. I wish the pariliment stand up to get its due rights.

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  • syed Imran
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:33PM

    What a pleasant surprise in these so unpleasant days. Thanks the Supreme Court of pakistan to get us rid of this incompetant and corrupt person

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  • Maria Junejo
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Supreme Court Zindabad

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  • abc
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:36PM

    All Pllitician are liers, they are here to earn money, not for peoples.
    There is a race for Chair, which ever have this Chair, they earn alot, and which ever not have they blame the Govt.

    Please People of Pakistan “”AWAKE”".

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:36PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui:
    may be SK meant expected judgement. like a killer is expected to get capital punishment if “justice” is done.

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  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:37PM

    @Mohammad:
    Its not a sad day .. as long as people keep voting Waderas, Khans and Jageerdars these type of situation will keep arising .. these people only serve their party leaders instead of country. Gillani was suppose to obey previous order of Supreme Court regarding writing a letter .. President’s immunity has nothing to do with just obeying orders by writing a letter. If felt otherwise He had authority of asking Parliament to change the immunity laws regarding president as it is job of the parliament to amend the law.
    On another note, Yes I was a follower of Musharraf but not any more as democracy needs time and maturity and for people to vote right politicians it has to stay for a long time and gradually it will grow with time. Any country belongs to its people and only they have a right to choose their leaders via voting .. Its not a property of a single person who can come via back door and rule it for decades and then give us wrong policies like Zia did, which makes us suffer for rest of our life.

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  • Imad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:38PM

    PPP doesn’t bother whatever verdict SC passes, this is one of the news that will circulate in media till tomorrow evening and by tomorrow we’ll have another issue to give time to.

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  • memon
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Well done sir , Tomorrow will be new day . No load shading , no law and order problem , no war thank God

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  • M.Waseem
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:39PM

    All the person that are a brave one, And also a good individual record and status will always remember in our PM is one on them.

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  • Bloom
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Judicial Coup

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  • Sardar Shah
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:40PM

    We salute Supreme Court.

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  • still
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Gilani still PM. only Parliament can remove him.

    Parliament should have addresed all the craziness about contempt of court and suo motu 4 years agos. Make law to address this.Recommend

  • Scorpion
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Well, decision is decision. According to article 63 (1)(g) of the Constitution of Pakistan, thats the punishment for contempt of court. However, what difference this decision will make?
    A new PM will come to spotlight? and He will just send the letter to swiss government. I don’t think so. May be there comes another Contempt of Court.

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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 4:43PM

    o Gee please…do not compare him with Musharraf….

    I am of the opinion at..he should have completed his tenure…(another 8 months)… because such would have atleast put him to a stage where he can give no excuse that he was sacked when he was about to bring revolution and bla bla bla….

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  • daactar
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:45PM

    mubarak ho fellow pakistanis

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  • Feroz
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Parliament should simply pass a bill annulling all “Contempt of Court Laws”, since the job of Parliament is to make Laws. Secondly a bill should be passed that a democratically elected ruling Government cannot be displaced by any body or Institution including the Courts under any circumstance including under “doctrine of necessity”. Lastly, a bill has to be passed that Judges who sanctify takeover of Government by anti democratic forces be banned from government employment and license to practice will be cancelled. Recommend

  • umar khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:47PM

    he was democratically elected & it was in the best interest of the country to keep democracy running & to have elections & a smooth transfer to the next govt after elections. This is how civilised countries work. If supreme court is really so much concerned about constitutionality, then how about bringing back musharraf & trying him under article 6? Ah but ofcourse he is an army man & the laws of the land only apply to civilian politicians! A very sad day indeed! Baack to square 1; now another round of cat & mouse & attacks & counter-attacks whilst the army sits & enjoys & waits for their next take-over. also bear in mind that the Parliament, being the sovereign, has the authority to pass an Act (not a resolution) ruling the SC’s decision as null & void retrospectively. This will be more than enuff to reinstate the prime minister & will be 100% constitutional.Recommend

  • xyz
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:51PM

    it is a good news for pakistani poor people…

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  • AntiKingClass
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:53PM

    @ahmad: The point is are our politicians different from dictators by any means? The only difference is dictators snatch away government from politicians and Politicians sit in the government through so called electoral system of Pakistan. Bringing multiple amendments in the constitution for politician’s own political benefits does not mean democracy for people. Both dictators and politicians steal away resources of this country whenever they come into power. So it makes no difference to us who is sitting in ISLAMABAD. What they do for the people is important. Every subsequent government has deteriorated plight of the people. Starting from Bhutto’s era where awam had to get ‘Khuwar’ in ration lines till today’s so called democratic government where people have to line up for Flour, Sugar, Water, CNG, Petrol etc.
    We do not need democracy of incapability and ill managment.
    ‘Democracy is the best revenge with the people of Pakistan’. Sherwani or Wardi is not our problem but we need someone who would think for us.

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  • Big Rizvi
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:56PM

    He can leave. Who is stopping him?

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  • Fida Muhammad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:57PM

    It is never too late to mend. Historical decision by Supreme Court.

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  • abdul ahad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Does SC decision make any difference in Pakistan?

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  • Farim
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:59PM

    As a first reaction this judgement is a judicial attack against democracy.

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  • Shakir Alvi
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Four years and not a single verdict against generals, judges and opposition!

    When martial law was not possible, the establishment staged a judicial coup!Recommend

  • Ammad Malik
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:01PM

    CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN:

    Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc.
    (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those function

    This court is a joke. CJ’s rulings will live in infamy for all time time come.

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  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) is to be given the due credit.

    It was PTI, which took the initiative to file petition in the SC.

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  • Zulfiqar Ali Mughal
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Excellent Decision ….. Well done CJ and SC !

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  • Hairaan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:05PM

    @:D:

    Expected decision. No surprise because it is happening with PPP for last 35 years.

    Because PPP deserves this.

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  • Alakh Nagri
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Does it matter AT ALL? Zardari will replace him with another even more corrupted one!

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  • Mazher Mehboob
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:11PM

    Do not let democratic process derail. Gilani should step down quitely President should start the election process peacfully.

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  • Abbas
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:12PM

    @ Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: The constitution or law is not about what one wants or wishes. This is a written code, so don’t try to poke your nose where you don’t have the authority. Actually this is the problem of Pakistan where everyone tries to be an intellectual despite the fact that whether it is a no go area for him/her. Hence he/she turns out to be a pseudo intellectual. The progression requires tolerance and here every one wants that the institutions whether Supreme Court or Parliament comply with their wishes.

    However, the judicial hyper activism never allows running democracy freely, no matter how bad it is. It’s a gradual process; try to bring change by casting your votes. Judges are not public representatives; their duty is to provide justice between two parties. I wonder when judiciary itself becomes a party on one side, how the reason for existence of an independent judiciary will hold out?

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  • Naveed Javed
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:18PM

    The same judges didnt disqualify the PM in previous judgement and now when #BahriaGate is out- they disqualified him! Yes Time is essence!

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  • wasan jethmalani
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Go Gilani Go ,, its so rythmic GGG

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  • jan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:22PM

    judicial activism at its peak.i wonder why people r praising SC.mockery of parliament ,the highest institution in any democratic state.explaining constitution according to their wishes.why they didnt this judgement earlier.they did fr revenge now.we should not allow a government servant to undermine the basic rights of people of this land. whether u like this govt or not but overrule parliament ,is mockery of our mandate.

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  • Janoon Ya Khirad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:25PM

    An other PPP’s Shaheed. Long live Bhutto.

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  • Selvam
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:26PM

    A classic trick is to set up two of your opponents against each other. Who benefits if the judiciary and the executive fight each other? The military as it make civilians look bad and also the Islamists as it makes the present rulers look bad.
    Some half blind opposition parties will now praise this verdict but they forget that the same game can be played when they themselves are in power.

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  • Introspection
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:30PM

    @Zia:
    To show to the ‘Pakistani Awaam’, the true nature and the core-inner-self of these…Bravo Supreme Court, Well Done!!!Recommend

  • Dr Sal
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Finally someone made a decision. This was long due anyway.

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  • muhammad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Its judicial martial law

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  • Azhar
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:37PM

    @Rana:
    Waisted more than 3 months time of every pakistani individual by not mentioning a clear verdict in the first place.Recommend

  • Salman Gogan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:37PM

    We should not forget that the fundamental issue was corruption cases of Mr. Zardari. He was CONVICTED by a Swiss court and was in an appeal there. He was (along with many others) prevented from the consequences of conviction through NRO. The story begins from the point where NRO was struck down and the government was supposed to reopen the corruption cases including the swiss cases against Zardari.
    Rather than maligning SC of transcending its limits we should ask the basic question that Wht prevented the reopening of the swiss cases and proving Zardari’s cleanness to the nation? Had this been done than there would have been no disqualifications rather Zardari/Gilani would become heroes and the nation did not have to worry about limits of speaker and SC

    Those who think that the SC has transcended its limit must think that basically the SC attacked on corruption, should it have fought against it or should it have sit aside after raising the issue? Logically it should have fought to conclude its stand on corruption – how else could SC taken STAND on corruption?

    People object that why only zardari and PPP why not PML-N and others – this argument ignores the fact that the power of curbing corruption (that is to say prosecution) lies with the Govt and it always had the right to target the corruption of PML-N – the point is who would target the corruption of Govt itself.?

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  • Freeman
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:38PM

    @basharat: When executive do not work and break the country law then they have to be Answerable. When executive do not work for the country and people of that country are in a mess then Court have to come forward and take decissions. This is because people are looking towards the court. Otherwise Army will intervien that is not better diea. This PPP government is mistake for the Pakistan as most corrupt people are on the top positions. They are also puppet of the USA. It is good if we get rid of them in the next election otherwise we don’t know what will be hapening in Pakistan.

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  • Bigboy
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:40PM

    In Pakistan killers and murderers are set free by courts, due to so called ‘lack of evidence’. But a PM, elected by the people of Pakistan, is convicted on flimsy grounds of not writing a letter. God help the country

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  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:41PM

    @Ammad Malik:

    (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those function

    Therein lies the explanation for you .. If their exercise of powers & performance are not for the functions of their offices then there is no immunity .. Corrupt doesn’t fall in the category of functions of their respective offices. People take this immunity as an invisibility cloak that will hide you from the eyes of justice regardless of whatever crime you commit.
    This immunity doesn’t mean Mr President & co can take a gun and start shooting people on the street because he has got immunity for 5 years and then they can take a flight abroad to hide a day before the term ends.

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  • Freeman
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:41PM

    @Freedom Seeker: I do not agree with you. CJ did not make this decission alone. There were 7 Judges in total. I think this is a historical decission by Pakistan supreme court. This Prime Minsiters was A JOKE for Pakistan.

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  • ASIM
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:45PM

    @ahmad: oh yes Pervaiz musharf was innocent civilian prime minister!!!!!!!!!!. at least you can remember all that . it did not happen centuries ago.

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  • Umair Aftab
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:46PM

    Finally, justice has been done.

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  • PS
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:50PM

    I wish if somebody could do a through and honest assessment of his economic assets at the time that he became prime minister and the date on which he has been booted out so disgracefully. Immunity! my foot.

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  • Ammad Malik
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @khan

    The decision to write or not to write is part of his function
    If in fact the prime minister is found committing a crime, there lies the process of impeachment by the majlis e shoora.
    There is a reason civilized societies believe in due process – a reason we will only understand in retrospect (that too, if we’re lucky)
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  • ASIM
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:56PM

    oh great you have such a high moral standards!!!!!! PCO judiciary! the judges who risked everything to save principles of justice are not vindicated in your books. and NRO was not establishment sponsered bt Judiciary sponsrd? the same estblshmnt is being grilled by CJ in missing persn cases. @Khalq e Khuda:

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  • pco
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Three PCO Judges are attempting to overturn the will of 180 million people.

    1. President should summon emergency parliament session
    2. SC 3-panel decision should be declared null and voil by parliament with no legal effect
    3. contempt law of British should be deleted retrospectively from August 14, 1947
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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Leave aside Gilani. I say if any prime minister has to choose between his constitutional obligations and the supreme court order he must choose the constitutional responsibility. It is not the question of the present President. If the President is protected from investigations then so be it. SC can not question it and force the PM to do otherwise. The Judiciary has been always biased in Pakistan. Good or bad the people of Pakistan elected the PPP with great majority.

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  • ASIM
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:01PM

    thanks God. he was trying to sail into the sunset as the longest serving pm of pakistan. Finally a black chapter of pakistans history closes

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  • Stop IT for the sake of ..
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Alhamdulilah , Thank you Allah.

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  • afzal
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:03PM

    Who will be next?

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  • Waleed
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis. May Allah bless Pakistan.

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  • Haseeb
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Thank God. Now can we please have elections already?

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  • Paranoia
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Change is here!

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  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:16PM

    @Ammad Malik:
    I was referring to the immunity of President … He has no immunity in corruption cases the immunity is for what they do as for the functionality of their respective roles, its not for their acts in personal life and gains.
    PM was misusing this immunity clause of the President.
    Any person who is promoted to such a high post should only serve the country not their political masters .. thus he should have obeyed the orders.
    But again If he was a clown it is responsibility of masses not to vote such clowns and for that to happen you need mature democratic system where voters can use their voting right with responsibility and for that to happen Army should be barred from poking their nose in the affairs of government.

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  • Amjad AbdulShakoor
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Peoples Party would not be able to run a district government let alone a country and they have proven that. PML-N is only marginally better. PTI is an unknown entity; let us give them a chance; which means giving ourselves a hope.
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  • Chandio
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:18PM

    First good news in a long time

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  • CJsadaShairrAy
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:19PM

    CJtoPM: Who is stopping him?Why isn’t he leaving?

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  • Ammad Malik
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @Khan

    Even though that is a separate debate, and for all legal purposes has nothing to do with this. Let me show you the full immunity clause w.r.t. President. And keep in mind, the SC has filed President Zardari’s case under criminal proceeding. Refer to section 2.

    Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc.
    (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those functions:
    Provided that nothing in this clause shall be construed as restricting the right of any person to bring appropriate proceedings against the Federation or a Province.

    (2) No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court during his term of office.
    (3) No process for the arrest or imprisonment of the President or a Governor shall issue from any court during his term of office.
    (4) No civil proceedings in which relief is claimed against the President or a Governor shall be instituted during his term of office in respect of anything done by or not done by him in his personal capacity whether before or after he enters upon his office unless, at least sixty days before the proceedings are instituted, notice in writing has been delivered to him, or sent to him in the manner prescribed by law, stating the nature of the proceedings, the cause of action, the name, description and place of residence of the party by whom the proceedings are to be instituted and the relief which the party claims.

    It really leaves no room for discussion.

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  • hem dagar
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Well done Pakistan. Some one has to come forward either public or Judiciary to root out these corrupt politicians.Indian supreme court will follow the suit.Both the countries are suffering a lot In this case Pakistan has overstepped India.I salute CJ Ifiiktar tooRecommend

  • Ammad Malik
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:24PM

    @khan

    Additionally, any brilliant ideas you (me or the chief justice) may have to aid the plight of this nation, are of zero consequence and consideration. The courts are dictated by the parameters set forth in the constitution of Pakistan. Anybody’s opinion on what is better for the country, is meaningless.

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  • Jun 19, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Yousaf Raza Gillani Left Prime Minister House – 19 June 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTY0JRx5Ec4

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