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

Published: 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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Reader Comments (16)

  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:59PM

    In my reflection, Hon Supreme Court should come down heavy on PM and the rest who have been mocking and taking sad snipes on the Hon Supreme Court.

    What this government is doing is a very sad show.Bad governance,corruption, and now destroying the important institutions of the country. Citizens of the country have highest respect and love for Supreme Court

    And what was the logic of PM statement given yesterday to Chinese news channel about Chief of Army Staff. Is he Prime Minister of Pakistan or what. I was shocked ….


  • Imran
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:22PM

    If the 6th option is taking the matter to the parliament, then nothing will be done. The parliament is inadequate and biased. How can they pass a statement against there own party members?


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Various political parties are holding individual meeting with their party men and devising policies as how to deal with the present situation which has arouse after today’s six options given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

    The coalition partners are going to meet with the political leaders of PPP to weigh whether they remain coalition partners under the prevailing circumstances or not.

    There is also a strong possibility that coalition partners may start submitting their resignations from the national and provincial assemblies which will automatically pave the way for holding fresh elections.

    This might even happen before the next hearing of Supreme Court i.e. January 16, 2012.


  • Hairaan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Probably the SC has added the sixth option for their face saving.


  • Mansoor Ali
    Jan 10, 2012 - 10:00PM

    Most the faces are expected to be vanished from the screen… and the game of enraging the masses will continue unless the imbalanced society is stablized.


  • Adnan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 10:28PM


    If the parliament is biased so too is The Honourable Court of today giving decision only against the government. This is the most biased judiciary I’ve ever seen.


  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:33PM

    These SC orders will also be ignored and brushed under the rug. The masses of Pakistan are fed up and want “Equal Justice for All NOW”. Only the independent Military can help enforce Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders. Supreme Court does not have any teeth without it at present. Almost all SC orders are being ignored if they go against the ruling party or government. Rule of Law has to come to Pakistan before it can make progress towards a good democracy free of massive corruption.


  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:40PM

    @Hafiz Shah Ali:
    After contempt proceeding of Supreme Court, it seems that now government camp will adopt one of three options;

    Government camp will try to withdraw the executive order of restoring the Judges through cabinet decision or by the resolution of parliament.

    Government camp will seek to precede the action against Army Chief and DG ISI.

    Government camp will decide to surrender before Supreme Court decisions


  • Khalid
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Zino’s Paradox – what happens when an irresistible force meets and immovable object. PM, CJ, Army Chief, President, DG ISI plus an assortment of other characters play a much watched an noisy musical chairs. I hope someone has their hands on the steering – 180 million passengers are looking anxiously as the drivers recklessly take them to new lows. Someday some sense will prevail – hopefully before it is too late.


  • Amjad
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Judicial martial law


  • Jan 11, 2012 - 12:00AM

    @ Amjad:

    “Judicial Martial law’

    Nothing like that – more like ‘PPP Martial law and dictatorship in the guise of democracy’.

    The Courts can serve no purpose if their orders are not implemented – parliament and the government leadership do not have the authority or right to refuse to implement the courts orders.

    This PPP government has become a theater of the absurd in extreme – Babar Awan stating that the courts don’t have the right to determine who is honest or dishonest, only the people do.

    Well in that case, why don’t we just shut down the justice system, courts and law enforcement agencies, and every accused criminal should be asked to stand in an ‘election’ in the district of the crime, and the people can ‘vote’ whether he is honest or dishonest.

    What tripe from the PPP!


  • jai zardari
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:18AM

    an unfair court is worse than dictatorship ,ZARDARI hold your ground,establishment is attacking you again. It doesn’t like ordinary people to have the power to select and elect, it wants genrals media men and few educated people to have the power.theynconsider ordinary man incompetent and gullible .tha is why they want judiciar under their controle
    So zardari ,himat na haro FIGHT THIS class war.liberate the oppressed .your country was not made a few people minting millions just pontificating in courts which are now the Fourth Most corrupt institution
    Zardari you are innocent ,musharaf baqiyat and muafi politicians are no match for you



  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:52AM

    Get these incompetent,ill intentioned group of people out…


  • Attif Abbas
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:11AM

    PM is already disqualified via remarks of Hon Judge that he is a dishonest person.Now the ball is in Zardari court fully.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2012 - 2:12AM

    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.


  • Nadia Jameel
    Jan 13, 2012 - 11:22PM

    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.


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