ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible to hold office, Express News reported. The court said that he had been ineligible since April 26.
He has been declared ineligible to be prime minister ever since the verdict in the contempt case had been announced.
The Election Commission of Pakistan, following the court order, issued the notification of Gilani's disqualification.
Gilani will not be a member of parliament following the verdict, and his name was also removed from the Press Information Department website.
"Yousaf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan," said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order.
"The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process," he added.
(Read a copy of the short order here)
Express News reports that Gilani can appeal against the verdict within 30 days.
Former Election Commission secretary said that after the Supreme Court verdict, Gilani has been disqualified for five years, and added that he also cannot hold any official post in the party.
Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Assembly session was adjourned for five minutes in protest of the Supreme Court's verdict.
Following the verdict, all federal cabinet ministers stopped using the security protocol assigned to them. National flags were also removed from their vehicles.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also held a meeting after the verdict was announced, during which the party decided to accept the Supreme Court's verdict.
'No candidate from PML-N for PM post'
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, while talking to the media, said that Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) will not present any candidate for the post of the prime minister.
He added that the Supreme Court gave this verdict in the petition filed by PML-N which demanded Gilani's disqualification.
"If he [Gilani] had supported the Constitution and the judiciary, and had not protected a beneficiary of the NRO, then Pakistan would not have been seeing this day," Sharif added.
Supreme Court hearing
Earlier, concluding his arguments in the Speaker’s ruling case, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said that the immunity provided to Gilani cannot be taken away anyone but the Parliament and that he was not answerable to any court.
Qadir was told to wrap up his arguments by 11am today.
Speaking before a three-member bench of the Supreme Court hearing the petitions filed against the speaker’s ruling in the prime minister contempt case, AG Qadir said that the petitions were being politicised and that the Supreme Court’s autonomy will be questioned if it hears such petitions.
The judicial bench observed that being an attorney general, Qadir should assist the court proceedings, rather than defending a party.
The attorney general also said that the contempt of court law was made in the colonial era when the sub-continent was operating under the British rule.
Earlier, Qadir had said that the judges who announced the verdict of the contempt case against Gilani were “more inclined towards disqualifying him” than deciding whether it was a contempt case or not.
He had said the parliament has the right to reject court’s decision if it decides against the Speaker’s ruling.
The attorney general had also presented a resolution of the parliament before the bench, which stated that the parliament had confidence in the speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza’s decision.
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had observed that the job of the court was to interpret law and that it will continue doing so “no matter what anyone thinks”.
The chief justice had said that the court respected the parliament and that they should do their job while the court does its own.
AG Qadir had said that if the court takes a decision against the Speaker’s ruling, then it will create a conflict between institutions. Justice Chaudhry replied saying that there is no conflict between institutions.
The attorney general had read out an article written by a judge of the Indian Supreme Court that stated that people are free to criticise the judges and discuss about them. Justice Arif had interrupted him and had said that he should discuss the case than wasting the court’s time.
The petitions, including those filed by PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), had challenged the speaker’s ruling and demanded prime minister’s disqualification after he was convicted of contempt by the apex court.
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@Saleem AHMED SHERAZI: "Excellent verdict! No one is above the law." . Agreed. Not even the sons and daughters of government employees.
Excellent verdict! No one is above the law.
In 1975, the Allahabad High Court disqualified Indira Gandhi from her Lok Sabha win on 1972 on the pretect that official government machinery was used by her for campaigning. The Court also barred Indira Gandhi from contesting elections for the next 5 years.
This led Indira Gandhi to impose Emergency.
So to say that line between the judiciary and the legislature is very thin and any clash is but unfortunate.
PM Gilani was on right track when he was a asked a question by a CNN correspondent, to which he gave a spontaneous reply that he would stand resigned and would not remain PM the moment he is convicted by Supreme Court. But alas! he took a U-turn to obey all those surrounding him and their selfish greedy game, derailed him from the right path and his political/legal advisors thought it fit to fight the case on political basis and not on legal arguments, forgetting the point that Pakistan is a Federation, not a Unitary state, and in case of difference of opinion between two organs of the state, the ultimate authority to decide such disputes is the Supreme Court. Anyhow all well that ends well.
One thing I should praise about PPP Jialays, mostly they don't strike and burn 'railway cars'. Good thing is that it was not PMLN PM, they would've turned the whole country upside down.
How can Iftikhar Chowdhry be trusted to give sound judgements, he simply has no control of his own children. His son, Dr Arsalan drives a BMW 850, owns a company worth 800 million dollars as reported in press and TV Not forgetting all this has been gained in kast 3 years. Whom is the CJ fooling by saying "I dont even own a car". Honestly, too much politics is being played by him the CJ for his master NS of PML.N.
Leave Pakistan Mr. Gillani. Who is stopping you?
Long live the Chief Justice & his colleagues. Now it is time to establish the rule of law in Balochistan according to the existing constitution of the country, ending the rogue rule of the ISI-MI-FC-GHQ Complex in Balochistan & punishing all who have violated the constitution in this part of the country.
This I hope is just the first step towards salvaging the system.
Good riddance........thank you CJP.
I hope, Mr Gillani will get an unprecedented hero's welcome in Multan.
To all supporters of PM, PPP and Zardari - Pakistan has just been ranked 13 in the Failed States Index (FSI) of the world. There are countries doing better than Pakistan in the Failed State categories that I haven't even heard of their names before.
I rest my case...
Zardari is next after Gilani. Go Zardari Go, Sadi jan chor!
SC <= you ppl have done just great! many Salams to you and GOD bless you ppl!
Atleast no bomb blast today. Maybe even the terrorists were watching news that they forgot to carry out any attacks.
Dinka Chicka Gillani the sick man of Pakistan.
Enough has been said by various people for and against the judgement of SC.I would therefore restrict myself to other issues relevant to this case.The judgement with retrospective effect has very serious consequences and future events may even bring the country to a halt.Some politicians and one or two parties are claiming credit for the downfall of Mr.Gillani.There is no denying the fact the premiership of the country was much bigger than substance and size of convicted Mr.Gillani.It is of paramount importance for all politicians not to exploit the issue to gain political milage.Rather work together constructively to avoid a situation when their party workers will be out of hand.The jiyalas of PPP may become like rudderless ship. All action taken from 26th April to date have become null and void including dealing with foreign countries.All political parties need to address this issue and must ratify or annul the action/decisions in days without loss of time.Unfortunately the attorney general and some advocates defending mr.Gillani are incompetent professionally and should not be relied upon. If there is any provision in the constituition an interim govt consisting of main parties be formed and election held in prescribed time.In the meantime the court must open all cases of corruption and clean mess as for as possible.
Gillani lacked even the perception of moral rectitude or credibility or capability. The fact the he pulled on for so long to the detriment of the people of the country is a disgrace on the system that governs us.
We love iftikhar Chaudhary
Finally a bold decision.... Let's hope there will be more such decisions in cases like
Leaving PM ship with insult was his fate.
Excellent news for democracy, no one should be above the law. Vote for IMRAN KHAN to save this country from becoming a failed state
Universal Decision of the SC of Pakistan. Fresh election should be held.
@Naeem Siddiqui: For Pakistanis sadly any news that bashes PPP is justice, even if it is right or not.
Why didn't the judges said it in April?
A bad decision from the pco judges.Another sad day in the history of the country.
Why all judgements are against PPP & none against PML(N)?
The people will have a sigh of relief
Good riddance! this man was not even qualified to be the PM in first place. He has made Pakistan a laughing stock becuse of his comments about "let pakistanis leave the country. Its your turn Gilani; NOW YOU LEAVE PAKISTAN
Oh I thought we have half a million Army taking care of that .. Why do we pay billions to them if CJ is going to take care of them?
So now the Secret behind Marshal laws & Dictators Rules is actually our Judiciary who is more willing to hang a public leader than question a Dictator or hold a violent religious radical for answering. Pak citizens never thought "Justice-is-Blind" can also be interpreted this way.
@Ammad Malik: Nowhere, I mentioned that S.Court should have acted differently .. All I wanted to say was that PM being representative of the masses should act responsibly and instead of serving their party leaders, must serve the country, If they think President is a criminal but is protected himself by using the law for his personal gains, PM could have asked the Parliament to amend the law accordingly. I do not have much knowledge about the clauses in PPC but I'm sure a full bench of seasoned lawyers sitting on the highest post of Supreme court knows more than you or any one else commenting here, including myself.
We Pakistanis do not understand the meaning of LAW let alone obey it. The court has disqualified Mr.Gilani as per the constitution of Pakistan.
It pains me to see people giving the judgment, interpretations that are based on emotions and have no legal perspective.
On another note, Mr. Gilani was an incompetent politician who is corrupt to the core; It is good riddance, let us celebrate!
if supreme court can hang an elected pm .... it is very easy for her to disqualify for other .... it restore one govt and never other ..... I am agreed if a ‘judgement’ is foreseeable then it’s not justice.
@Naeem Siddiqui: Need to educate yourself before you talk in public, I don't know from where did you get this quote that if the judgement is foreseeable then it’s not justice. It is not only true.
Mr Prime Minister! we know you would leave (but for this nation and the parliament). "Why dont you leave? Who is stopping you?"
CJ should worry about terrorists and murderers instead of playing politics
@Imran Con: I agree with you 100%. SC has started a bad precedent. An elected PM with Parliament backing him, can not be fired by a Judge. It has added uncertainity into democratic process. It means that a Parliament and its leader will, forever be vulnerable to an hostile judge or any future judge ror that matter. PTI and PML(N) are the people who has petitioned this in the first place. This is a political decision PERIOD.
It is bad decsion from legal as well as political point of view.Too naeive politically and too weal legally. This decison is Zardari's best dream come true.He will be celebarating.PPP has NOTHING to loose from this and everything to gain.Opoortunity to malign CJ further take polictal milage in next elections, Oblige somebody else as PM for few months.Etc etc.Come on Judges; what were you thinking.
Every elected govt in Pakistan has always been dumped/changed/overthrown with the help from SC. From Justice Munir to Justice Nasim to PCO judges, there are no exceptions. In each incident the history has determined that the SC was wrong. To some who have no clue, the SC interprets the laws but has no powers to implement them. Again the implementation of its decision is in the hands of executive branch. Only in Pakistan the role of unelected paid govt servants generals and SC judges has become so powerful against the elected govt. This decision of PCO SC is only going to help the ruling party in the next elections with the silent majority in the rural heartland. The SC hounded pounded and finally chased the govt out of the office. Under these conditions how could they work for people?
@Naeem Siddiqui: Who Says?
Justice should not only be done it should seem to be done. Justice was done on April 26, the present decision only makes it 'Seems to be done'...
We are with you CJ
Yousaf Raza Gillani Left Prime Minister House - 19 June 2012
Additionally, any brilliant ideas you (me or the chief justice) may have to aid the plight of this nation, are of zero consequence and consideration. The courts are dictated by the parameters set forth in the constitution of Pakistan. Anybody's opinion on what is better for the country, is meaningless.
Even though that is a separate debate, and for all legal purposes has nothing to do with this. Let me show you the full immunity clause w.r.t. President. And keep in mind, the SC has filed President Zardari's case under criminal proceeding. Refer to section 2.Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc. (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those functions: Provided that nothing in this clause shall be construed as restricting the right of any person to bring appropriate proceedings against the Federation or a Province.
(2) No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court during his term of office. (3) No process for the arrest or imprisonment of the President or a Governor shall issue from any court during his term of office. (4) No civil proceedings in which relief is claimed against the President or a Governor shall be instituted during his term of office in respect of anything done by or not done by him in his personal capacity whether before or after he enters upon his office unless, at least sixty days before the proceedings are instituted, notice in writing has been delivered to him, or sent to him in the manner prescribed by law, stating the nature of the proceedings, the cause of action, the name, description and place of residence of the party by whom the proceedings are to be instituted and the relief which the party claims.
It really leaves no room for discussion.
CJtoPM: Who is stopping him?Why isn't he leaving?
First good news in a long time
@Ammad Malik: I was referring to the immunity of President ... He has no immunity in corruption cases the immunity is for what they do as for the functionality of their respective roles, its not for their acts in personal life and gains. PM was misusing this immunity clause of the President. Any person who is promoted to such a high post should only serve the country not their political masters .. thus he should have obeyed the orders. But again If he was a clown it is responsibility of masses not to vote such clowns and for that to happen you need mature democratic system where voters can use their voting right with responsibility and for that to happen Army should be barred from poking their nose in the affairs of government.
Change is here!
Thank God. Now can we please have elections already?
Congratulations to all Pakistanis. May Allah bless Pakistan.
Who will be next?
Alhamdulilah , Thank you Allah.
thanks God. he was trying to sail into the sunset as the longest serving pm of pakistan. Finally a black chapter of pakistans history closes
Leave aside Gilani. I say if any prime minister has to choose between his constitutional obligations and the supreme court order he must choose the constitutional responsibility. It is not the question of the present President. If the President is protected from investigations then so be it. SC can not question it and force the PM to do otherwise. The Judiciary has been always biased in Pakistan. Good or bad the people of Pakistan elected the PPP with great majority.
oh great you have such a high moral standards!!!!!! PCO judiciary! the judges who risked everything to save principles of justice are not vindicated in your books. and NRO was not establishment sponsered bt Judiciary sponsrd? the same estblshmnt is being grilled by CJ in missing persn cases. @Khalq e Khuda:
@khanThe decision to write or not to write is part of his function If in fact the prime minister is found committing a crime, there lies the process of impeachment by the majlis e shoora. There is a reason civilized societies believe in due process - a reason we will only understand in retrospect (that too, if we're lucky)
I wish if somebody could do a through and honest assessment of his economic assets at the time that he became prime minister and the date on which he has been booted out so disgracefully. Immunity! my foot.
Finally, justice has been done.
@ahmad: oh yes Pervaiz musharf was innocent civilian prime minister!!!!!!!!!!. at least you can remember all that . it did not happen centuries ago.
@Freedom Seeker: I do not agree with you. CJ did not make this decission alone. There were 7 Judges in total. I think this is a historical decission by Pakistan supreme court. This Prime Minsiters was A JOKE for Pakistan.
Therein lies the explanation for you .. If their exercise of powers & performance are not for the functions of their offices then there is no immunity .. Corrupt doesn't fall in the category of functions of their respective offices. People take this immunity as an invisibility cloak that will hide you from the eyes of justice regardless of whatever crime you commit. This immunity doesn't mean Mr President & co can take a gun and start shooting people on the street because he has got immunity for 5 years and then they can take a flight abroad to hide a day before the term ends.
In Pakistan killers and murderers are set free by courts, due to so called 'lack of evidence'. But a PM, elected by the people of Pakistan, is convicted on flimsy grounds of not writing a letter. God help the country
@basharat: When executive do not work and break the country law then they have to be Answerable. When executive do not work for the country and people of that country are in a mess then Court have to come forward and take decissions. This is because people are looking towards the court. Otherwise Army will intervien that is not better diea. This PPP government is mistake for the Pakistan as most corrupt people are on the top positions. They are also puppet of the USA. It is good if we get rid of them in the next election otherwise we don't know what will be hapening in Pakistan.
We should not forget that the fundamental issue was corruption cases of Mr. Zardari. He was CONVICTED by a Swiss court and was in an appeal there. He was (along with many others) prevented from the consequences of conviction through NRO. The story begins from the point where NRO was struck down and the government was supposed to reopen the corruption cases including the swiss cases against Zardari. Rather than maligning SC of transcending its limits we should ask the basic question that Wht prevented the reopening of the swiss cases and proving Zardari's cleanness to the nation? Had this been done than there would have been no disqualifications rather Zardari/Gilani would become heroes and the nation did not have to worry about limits of speaker and SC
Those who think that the SC has transcended its limit must think that basically the SC attacked on corruption, should it have fought against it or should it have sit aside after raising the issue? Logically it should have fought to conclude its stand on corruption - how else could SC taken STAND on corruption?
People object that why only zardari and PPP why not PML-N and others - this argument ignores the fact that the power of curbing corruption (that is to say prosecution) lies with the Govt and it always had the right to target the corruption of PML-N - the point is who would target the corruption of Govt itself.?
Its judicial martial law
Finally someone made a decision. This was long due anyway.
A classic trick is to set up two of your opponents against each other. Who benefits if the judiciary and the executive fight each other? The military as it make civilians look bad and also the Islamists as it makes the present rulers look bad. Some half blind opposition parties will now praise this verdict but they forget that the same game can be played when they themselves are in power.
An other PPP's Shaheed. Long live Bhutto.
judicial activism at its peak.i wonder why people r praising SC.mockery of parliament ,the highest institution in any democratic state.explaining constitution according to their wishes.why they didnt this judgement earlier.they did fr revenge now.we should not allow a government servant to undermine the basic rights of people of this land. whether u like this govt or not but overrule parliament ,is mockery of our mandate.
Go Gilani Go ,, its so rythmic GGG
The same judges didnt disqualify the PM in previous judgement and now when #BahriaGate is out- they disqualified him! Yes Time is essence!
@ Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: The constitution or law is not about what one wants or wishes. This is a written code, so don't try to poke your nose where you don't have the authority. Actually this is the problem of Pakistan where everyone tries to be an intellectual despite the fact that whether it is a no go area for him/her. Hence he/she turns out to be a pseudo intellectual. The progression requires tolerance and here every one wants that the institutions whether Supreme Court or Parliament comply with their wishes.
However, the judicial hyper activism never allows running democracy freely, no matter how bad it is. It’s a gradual process; try to bring change by casting your votes. Judges are not public representatives; their duty is to provide justice between two parties. I wonder when judiciary itself becomes a party on one side, how the reason for existence of an independent judiciary will hold out?
Do not let democratic process derail. Gilani should step down quitely President should start the election process peacfully.
Does it matter AT ALL? Zardari will replace him with another even more corrupted one!
Because PPP deserves this.
Excellent Decision ..... Well done CJ and SC !
Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) is to be given the due credit.
It was PTI, which took the initiative to file petition in the SC.
CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN:Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc. (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those function
This court is a joke. CJ's rulings will live in infamy for all time time come.
As a first reaction this judgement is a judicial attack against democracy.
Does SC decision make any difference in Pakistan?
It is never too late to mend. Historical decision by Supreme Court.
He can leave. Who is stopping him?
@ahmad: The point is are our politicians different from dictators by any means? The only difference is dictators snatch away government from politicians and Politicians sit in the government through so called electoral system of Pakistan. Bringing multiple amendments in the constitution for politician's own political benefits does not mean democracy for people. Both dictators and politicians steal away resources of this country whenever they come into power. So it makes no difference to us who is sitting in ISLAMABAD. What they do for the people is important. Every subsequent government has deteriorated plight of the people. Starting from Bhutto's era where awam had to get 'Khuwar' in ration lines till today's so called democratic government where people have to line up for Flour, Sugar, Water, CNG, Petrol etc. We do not need democracy of incapability and ill managment. 'Democracy is the best revenge with the people of Pakistan'. Sherwani or Wardi is not our problem but we need someone who would think for us.
it is a good news for pakistani poor people...
mubarak ho fellow pakistanis
o Gee please...do not compare him with Musharraf....
I am of the opinion at..he should have completed his tenure...(another 8 months)... because such would have atleast put him to a stage where he can give no excuse that he was sacked when he was about to bring revolution and bla bla bla....
Well, decision is decision. According to article 63 (1)(g) of the Constitution of Pakistan, thats the punishment for contempt of court. However, what difference this decision will make? A new PM will come to spotlight? and He will just send the letter to swiss government. I don't think so. May be there comes another Contempt of Court.
We salute Supreme Court.
All the person that are a brave one, And also a good individual record and status will always remember in our PM is one on them.
Well done sir , Tomorrow will be new day . No load shading , no law and order problem , no war thank God
PPP doesn't bother whatever verdict SC passes, this is one of the news that will circulate in media till tomorrow evening and by tomorrow we'll have another issue to give time to.
@Mohammad: Its not a sad day .. as long as people keep voting Waderas, Khans and Jageerdars these type of situation will keep arising .. these people only serve their party leaders instead of country. Gillani was suppose to obey previous order of Supreme Court regarding writing a letter .. President's immunity has nothing to do with just obeying orders by writing a letter. If felt otherwise He had authority of asking Parliament to change the immunity laws regarding president as it is job of the parliament to amend the law. On another note, Yes I was a follower of Musharraf but not any more as democracy needs time and maturity and for people to vote right politicians it has to stay for a long time and gradually it will grow with time. Any country belongs to its people and only they have a right to choose their leaders via voting .. Its not a property of a single person who can come via back door and rule it for decades and then give us wrong policies like Zia did, which makes us suffer for rest of our life.
@Naeem Siddiqui: may be SK meant expected judgement. like a killer is expected to get capital punishment if "justice" is done.
All Pllitician are liers, they are here to earn money, not for peoples. There is a race for Chair, which ever have this Chair, they earn alot, and which ever not have they blame the Govt.
Please People of Pakistan ""AWAKE"".
Supreme Court Zindabad
What a pleasant surprise in these so unpleasant days. Thanks the Supreme Court of pakistan to get us rid of this incompetant and corrupt person
Sorry state for the people of Pakistan. Non elected entities wiil always rub the nose of elected reps. It has been proven. Wheather robes or uniform it the same thing. I wish the pariliment stand up to get its due rights.
People sporting the govt. One question, why didn't the PM appealed against his conviction. and why hide under the speaker? Speaker is just a honorary role to oversee parliament's activities. She's has no legal basis to overturn SC judgment. SC judgment can only challenge in SJC .
no no in pakistan need democracy all countries support democracy in pakistan
Now this is free judiciary
Better late than never. SC has taken the decision,what it should have taken earlier, castigate the corrupt prime minister,who is making mockery of the country law.
Why did it take the SC 2 months to come to this statement when it could have done the same at that moment. This is real politics, and that too, dirty
Goodbye And Good Riddance, Mr. Prime minister!!
Prime minister of any country is the leader who drives the country to development and prosperity. However, unfortunately Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of Pakistan did not fulfill this responsibility. in his four years, he has only gained more power and got involved in all kinds of corruption.
He deserved what he got.
The Supreme Court has lived up to the maxim: "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."
Well played at last all pieces are come into their respective places, Supreme Case is under scrutiny, media is also under fire, and political system as always so sluggish .Holy Cow (the military establishment) shall have the last hurrah. Nexus of the military establishment & capitalist barbarism again played a role where we have to pick/accept the system they would like. GOD helps Pakistan.
"I just wanna see this Gillani go, enough is enough, he has made us a laughing stock" . Not us, but the court and the culprit.
Gilani must quit now.
Expected decision. No surprise because it is happening with PPP for last 35 years.
typical pakistan . a failed state ....
Another chance to appeal within 30 days. isn't it a continuation of previous order which were not appealed against, since Apr 26? Does Gilani stand any chance in appeal Strongly doubt.
Chief Sahib, You are a great man, this guy was an economic animal serving the interest of his master the economic godzilla.
This statement from the SC would at least give the masses some hope. Gillani's disqualification is a welcome step. This government's performance has been the worst in our history. They have forced people to rethink whether democracy really is what they want or would it not be better if the Army ruled. SC needs to be praised for this step, on whosoever's prerogative it may have happened.
good work by Mr Itaza Ahsan . Rs10/- fee and check made.........hahhahahaha.......another wicket of PPP.
If PM and President has no immunity so does CJ has no immunity :p
Finally some thing good happening in Pakistan.
@Naeem Siddiqui: That is perhaps the dumbest thing I have read. So if it is forseeable that a murderer will be punished for his crime, it is not justice?
"The judicial bench observed that being an attorney general, Qadir should assist the court proceedings, rather than defending a party."
So shah sahib will take benefits of immunity at home.lol
"so why don't they leave then? whose stopping them?" PM GIllani
Now why don't you leave? no one is stopping you! in fact people are forcing you to leave so please do so! I dont know what people here are complaining about. This is great news! Finally someone or some institution (SC in this case) stood up to the corrupt politicians who are running this country! and as far as the ruling of the speaker goes... really? come on! she herself is a member of the PPP and obviously she's biased, hence she didn't disqualify the PM in the first place. if she/he wasn't a part of the ruling party, the decision would have been different and PM Gillani would have been disqualified a month ago!
A very sad day in the history of Pakistan! I need another Musharraf so we can have nice, calm, prosperous, worry free 8-9 years.
Finally a good news.
These judges took oath of allegiance to a dictator. And then to the PML-N. What else do you expect when you are the cousin of the law minister of the same party, and your son is neck deep in corruption.
SC Zindabad ! CJ Iftikhar Chaudhary Zindabad !!! God Bless you, Sir. Bye Bye Gillani..
Good decision... Gilani is a convicted person... Time of appeal against convication has passed ... person Convicted for contempt cannot be a member of parliament ... yes
No other question arise. ONe thing has left that such incredible and unintellectual slave of party,,,, the speaker national assembly should also be punished for her misdeeds and form making mockery of parliamentary proceedings. ... @Naeem Siddiqui says foreseeable decision is not justice... is it a joke... so where you kill someone openly then court should not say you should be convicted because it is a foreseeable decision.. surpriesed to read illogical comment
So anytime the SC wants to get rid of a PM all they have to do is convict him of "contempt" which is typically considered a minor crime in any other country?
Judicial coup. A black day in the history of this unfortunate nation where no elected PM could complete his/her term due to establishment.
Handed over the 'victim' card to PPP!! Look forward to General Elections now!
Zardari will replace him with another yes man, and a compliant PM. How many more PMs Zardari will sacrifice?
CJ on revenge spree. Lets see what else is on his list?
Long live .....SC
Bye bye PM
@Muhammad Arif: You have got it all wrong. Once legislation is done or currently in effect, Supreme Court is the highest authority to interpret. However the Parliament can always re legislate or amend any article to make it fool proof. No where in the world, parliament is the ultimate authority on interpretation. Who ever says so is playing to the gallery.
@abc: ...trivial? You call issues with the court overstepping trivial?
Now a big question. What about all decisions and international agreements signed by the dismissed p.m. since April 26, 2012 till today? Probably, the incominng new prime minister will indemnify all those actions through a resolution in the dnational assembly.
@Mute: The thing is your "calculations" are subject to error and the things you calculated together do not add up to that conclusion. They're all very different. The only thing they have in common appears to be you don't like how each turned out/is turning out. In fact, what it actually adds up to is an incomplete conspiracy theory.
No longer PM, why doesn't he leave then? Who's stopping him?
Then why it was not clear in the initial judgment?? Why SCP left so much doubt? Why to leave the nation at the mercy of speculations and rumours?
CJ you are real Lion, you are great.
Surely you can put a new story for an important news like this ET! Or at least delete the old comments which are no longer relevant.
Thank you SC
If we love Pakistan to run smoothly, we should blindly respect any verdict of Supreme Court in the present CIRCUMSTANCES only.
The start of Pakistan Spring !!
Talk about now and not 2013. And get your facts straight. A retired judge cannot take a position in any public job immediately - there's a three year waiting period.
Change is imminent
Finally the Malik Riaz Fiaso pushed supreme court to perform it's duties in full manner, good decision by SC and now i can expect a free and fair general elections.
At last what the SC has taken a strict action.PPP rarely shown any respect to SC decisions. Its Good, now he has to go or other wise face the consequences.
Gone with the wind, now make Gilani pay back all the money he spend since april 26, khas kam jahan pak
@Naeem Siddiqui: If you have avery strong case with arguments and evidence,legally speaking, then you can "foresee" the inevitable.
A sad day for Pakistan! A PCO judiciary is doing the establishment's dirty work again; this time pro bono!
People's choice preferred for the first time in the history of Pakistan.
PPP supporters think that for them they have another law and ruling authority i.e. their hand picked speaker and for rest of Pakistan there is police, laws, courts and life long agony.
I wonder what suggestion will Fauzia Wahab have for them at this moment!
@ Naeem Siddiqui
Forgive the nation by passing your judgement, these corrupt twins gillani and zardari hav shaken the trust foreign investment including Khalifa Refinery.
Good decision. Thanks to Allah.
Supreme court is failed to address the issue of common man, Basicaaly they are working for PML N and PTI... Biased and Political Supreme Court
The Supreme Court, the Chief Justice is clearly exceeding its constitutional limits since its restoration. The Court has authority to interpret the Constitution and law, what it had been doing amounts to encroachment into the domain of the Executive and the Parliament. The Apex Court has vast authority, nevertheless, it is not a totalitarian entity. It is absurd to think that a prime minister, who enjoys confidence of the Parliament can be removed by one or two judges. The court as well as the Executive, in order to avert possible constitutional deadlock, are required show restraint.
Shame on Speaker, who sits over the Judgment of Supreme Court of Pakistan, which is apex court of Pakistan. Tomorrow, some head of the department also try to flout the judgments of court, whlid referring the action of Speaker. Speaker's Chamber trying to become the appellate court to the Supreme Court which could not be permitted.
@Naeem Siddiqui: The punishment of a thief is very much forseeable. Its not E=mc2
Supreme Court should issue a clear judgement against a convicted prime (Minister) public servant.
@Liberal: additing to what you said, in 2013 CJP will retire...thereafter, he wants to become president of pakistan, when both PML-N and PTI will support him to become one
@Naeem Siddiqui: Sorry but how? It's not a complicated case. This case is like Killing Someone, then accepting that and then saying I don't want myself to be punished for it because I think so - in this case, can you guess what the outcome of it, if at all you were asked to?
This is fake SC. They are actually PMLN and PTI workers.
They way AG Irfan Qadir tried/trying to change Parliment function from merely legislative body to implementing all laws as well. If this senerio is accepted (by mistake) than wont it would be better to transfer all/any public/private legal cases to Parliment. Pakistan will become first country in the world to have/introduce such a system in the world and2 public will be free from paying lawyers, State will save millions in overall nations judges salaries, electric, phone, water etc etc expenses. If AG concept is worthless than he should be sent to jail as well for coming with weird concepts.
Under the constitution of Pakistan, neither Prime Minister Of Pakistan can dismiss a judge nor can a judge dismiss a Prime Minister. This is as far as the rule of Law and the upholding of constitution is concerned. The Prime Minister is to be either voted and Judge is to be removed by Supreme Judicial Consul. Rest all is Politics and gimmicks wasting time of the nation.
If Parliament is the authority and Parliament is theoratically the voice of the people and the people want him to go.
We have become so extremely polarized intollerant society that we can't even listen to our opponent, regardless of how logical argements are. This applies to almost every section of people, be it government, opposition, media, lawyers, and so much so the Judiciary. This is really sorry situation, particulary with the Judiaciary. There has to be, at least one, institution which not only should treat everyone impartially and seen to be doing so.
what immunity of PM this guy talking about?
I just wanna see this Gillani go, enough is enough, he has made us a laughing stock
On the first place Speaker was not all required to review SC judgement and give her ruling based on legal articles basis in the SC earlier judgement.
SC should simply declare Speaker's decision out of context / irrelevant and SC' original decision to punish PM may be considered upheld and SC must immediately announce a dis-qualified MNA and Prime Minister.
Regards Dr. Saleem Siddiqi
The AG is trying to prevaricate the matter by placing trivial objections, he does not have any real arguments to defend his client. Its really strange that the government is trying escalate the matter which could have been resolved in a right manner. They should focus on matters the requires great attention. There is an undeclared war which is knocking a huge detriment to our country progress.People are living without electricity water and food. There are no jobs and the unemployment rate is all time high. The currency is going down and the economy is in very bad shape. People needs respite from this plight. People must know the difference between the real politics and opportunist. Vote for a better pakistan and the party who does not come into power to make money. This is the time to ostracize those who are corrupt and running personal agenda in the name of democracy.
This was bound to happen to a SC that gives political rather than legal decisions.
By reading just news news and news. Simply it need no philosophical theory. just calculate the moves(read statements) of some key players in government during each horrible issue like karry loger bill, Memo gate. Raymond Davis case and now Malik riaz case. It simply seems that only one team is behind all these issue. A team trained and couch by a foreigner
He is right, PCO judges will goto great lengths against democratic govts while try their best to accommodate dictators and their touts.....
If a 'judgement' is foreseeable then it’s not justice
This guy Irfan Qadir should be acting in films instead of being in legal business since he seems to portray himself as a macho man trying to challenge a foreseeable decision