Tribune Take: In NRO case, government has one option left

Option number six, taking the matter to the parliament, is the only viable option left for the government.

Mahawish Rezvi January 10, 2012

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take, we look at the latest remarks from the Supreme Court with regards to the verdict in the National Reconciliation Ordinance Case (NRO).

The five-member bench  threatened that an investigation can be carried out and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani can be declared ineligible for ten years. The verdict also stated that the government had been given two years, yet no action had been taken.

Faisal Shakeel, reporter The Express Tribune Islamabad, says option number six given by the Supreme Court i.e. taking the matter to the parliament, is the only viable option left for the federal government.

Shakeel says the court is under immense internal and external pressure to have their verdicts implemented. He says they do not want to appear "toothless" and have run out of patience after numerous delaying tactics by the federal government.

Read Faisal Shakeel’s articles here.

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Nadia Jameel | 9 years ago | Reply

The Supreme Court has made a mockery out of the Constitution! They are threatening to disqualify the Prime Minister for not being Sadiq and Ameen, would these judges tell me how are they themselves Sadiq and Ameen after taking oaths under PCO in 1999? 17th amendment may have legalized their position but does not make them ameen to hold the office they are using. Forget the law and constitutionality. President has an absolute immunity and does not need to ask court. But this is politics SC is playing, once again repeating the history of Molvi Mushtaq. Believe me gentlemen; it is going to be a dissenter of unprecedented scale for our country! It is interesting that the Court is not interested in instituting a case against the person who created NRO. He announces that he would come back and contest election.

Walayat Malik | 9 years ago | Reply

SC has very wisely given sixth option. President cannot be removed unless he is impeached by the Parliament, not at the whims of establishment or by the verdict of the courts. SC has proved itself as an impartial institution, and is not bent to harm any body.

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