Gilani will continue to hold prime minister's post: Govt

SC found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari.


Zahid Gishkori April 26, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Despite being convicted for contempt of court by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will continue to hold the premier’s post, the Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H Naek said while reading the government's official policy statement during the National Assembly session on Thursday. 

An apex court bench found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and gave him a symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detention in the courtroom.

Naek further added that the assembly speaker has the prerogative to decide Gilani’s fate. “You are the final arbitrator,” Naek said, addressing NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.

The Law and Justice minister said that the government will now ask for a review of the court's decision once the SC issues the detailed judgement of the case.

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Farwah | 9 years ago | Reply

The additional note of Justice is blatantly biased and politically motivated endeavor to instigate the masses against the elected government and pave the path for army by proving the elected government a failure. “For his duty, not to make a present of justice but give judgment”. (from Apology of Socrates). His additional note reveals his non-professionalism and discloses his prejudice towards the elected PM and his brilliant lawyer. How can a sane man believe in the credibility of such a judgment whose bench member openly tries to degrade the party to the case. We should not eye the judge with Judiciary’s lens; rather we need to analyze it in the political framework that is quite disturbing in the wake of the judgment. We should not believe in the judiciary blindly. The judiciary is comprised of individuals who could have motives of any kind. It is was obvious to be biased because it was restored at eleventh’s hour by the government; The government has challenged its hegemony for constitutional reasons; In my opinion, Pakistani nation will study this judgment in its history subject as another black spot on judiciary as the judicial murder of Z.A Bhatto.

Jamal | 9 years ago | Reply

One more landmark decision by SC. Earlier landmark decision are: 1) Justice Munir’s decision to uphold the dissolution of Assembly. 2) ZA Bhutto judicial murder. 3) Validations of all Military rules. 4) Validations of all LFO & PCOs 5) Upholding the dissolution of assemblies and Govts of Junejo, Benazir Bhutto (twice) Nawaz Sharif. 6) Dumping of Mehran Bank, Bhutto judicial murder case, 12 May and 9 April killing in Karachi and many more cases. One day public will point figures against the judiciary and stand with a resolve to stop it being used against the democracy and providing justifications to dictatorial manifestations in Pakistan.

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