ISLAMABAD: Criticising petitions filed by Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against Speaker National Assembly’s ruling in the contempt case, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that it was not a prudent move on the part of party leaders Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan.
Addressing a gathering on Tuesday, Gilani said that the Punjab government, instead of working for the people of the province, is trying to hold the parliament hostage with a handful of members. “People are wasting their time.”
Gilani had been convicted of contempt of court by the Supreme Court. However, as per rules, the Speaker of the National Assembly would decide whether the conviction would disqualify Gilani from the house, and thus from the office of the Prime Minister. Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza though decided that the conviction did not disqualify the Prime Minister.
Commenting on the upcoming budget, Gilani stated that the government will try to provide relief to the nation.
Both PML-N and PTI had filed their petitions on the same day, May 28, in the Supreme Court against Speaker of National Assembly Dr Mirza’s ruling in which she refused to disqualify Gilani.
PML-N’s petition was filed through MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif. Asif had made Gilani and the law ministry secretary respondents in the petition. The petition, according to a handout issued by the party earlier, questioned whether the right of a fair trial also mandates a corresponding duty to abide by the verdict of a fair trial, which cannot be violated by the Speaker NA.
The PTI petition stated:
Court may graciously be pleased to declare the decision of Speaker National Assembly as unconstitutional, void and in violation of fundamental rights of access to justice and independence of judiciary. It is further prayed that this honourable court may graciously be pleased to direct ECP to decide the question of disqualification of the Prime Minister, as having been deemed to be have been referred to it under Article 63 (2) and (3).
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