ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad after he was convicted of contempt of court by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday.
During the meeting, Gilani thanked members of the federal cabinet for their support and said that it would not have been possible for him to perform his duties without it.
All the chief ministers except Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif attended the meeting.
According to sources, the prime minister, while sharing his views on the court’s verdict with the cabinet said that he has never offended the courts.
Gilani said that he was expecting “real” justice from the courts and prayed for it as well but the judiciary denied granting it.
He said that it was the prerogative of the speaker of the National Assembly to decide the members of the house.
He also lauded the solidarity and support expressed by coalition partners and said, “The allies have always supported us in challenging times and stood by us.”
Sources added that the prime minister discussed the post verdict strategy and the decision of the appeal would be made by his legal experts and would be prepared in consultation with coalition partners.
He said that the complete verdict had not been given yet, adding that further details would be provided by the law minister.
“Politics has lots of ups and downs. It has a lot of problems. It is a long way and a hard way,” said Gilani. He likened politics to a “horror movie” that only adults could watch and not the weak.
He said that if one opts for this role (politics), then struggle and problems become a part of the role. “Working with coal will make your hands black too”, he said.
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