Speaker’s ruling: PPP to consult coalition parties before ‘final decision’

Published: June 19, 2012
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All authorities transferred to Zardari, session of PPP's parliamentary committee also summoned.

All authorities transferred to Zardari, session of PPP's parliamentary committee also summoned.

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced that it will consult all coalition parties before taking any final decision regarding the Supreme Court verdict in the Speaker’s ruling case. The decision was announced by PPP leaders during a press conference held after the Supreme Court disqualified Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday.

President Asif Ali Zardari had called a core committee meeting as soon as the Supreme Court verdict was announced. The meeting decided that the coalition parties will be consulted before any final decision is taken. The meeting was also attended by Gilani and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

All authorities were also transferred to Zardari, who is also the party’s co-chairman.

“The PPP reviewed the court’s order and decided that the high-level authorities of the party will meet the leaders of coalition parties, after which the agenda will be decided and announced,” said PPP General Secretary Jahangir Badar. He added that a session of the PPP’s parliamentary committee has also been summoned.

“PPP is a coalition government and we want to take the coalition partners with us. We will do everything in the best interest of the country, of the parliament and of democracy,” added Badar.

The meeting with coalition partners will be held at 8pm on Tuesday.

Reservations with judgement

PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that even though the party has reservations with the Supreme Court’s verdict, the party has decided to keep them aside and will consult experts on the issue.

He added that it was premature to comment on the verdict as only the short order has been released and the party is waiting for the detailed verdict.

‘Activists advised not to protest’

Kaira said that all PPP workers and activists have been specifically advised to remain calm and not hold protests.

He further alleged that the protests being held in Punjab against loadshedding are “Punjab government-sponsored”, during which people are being killed and public property is being damaged.

“Even in the most difficult of times, we have not let the country be harmed.”

Zardari cancels Russia trip

Kaira informed the media that President Zardari has cancelled his visit to Russia.

Zardari was due to pay a three-day official visit to Russia from June 20-22 to participate in the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Earlier during the day, while the Supreme Court was hearing the petitions against the speaker’s ruling, the president had called an emergency meeting of PPP leaders and Gilani to discuss several matters including the hearing of the case.

The party leadership had stated that it will continue to respect the judiciary no matter what the Supreme Court decides.

The Supreme Court disqualified Gilani from his post and held him ineligible since April 26 when the contempt of court verdict was passed against him.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Maz3tt
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:28PM

    electricity is more severe issue then PM contempt case.

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  • Waqas
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Go GIllani Go. Let see what court verdict will out come and how PPP will show their negative ..

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  • PML,N
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Nothing will happen,the scenrio will continue ?

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  • Greens
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:36PM

    haha …. they will surely accept it now… because public is already on road. PPP is not in position to challange anything otherwise they must not accept it as usual.

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  • salim
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:37PM

    The circus continues!

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  • major-ji
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Apparantly looks like decision will be to disqualify the PM. However the million dollar question is if the decison will be acceptable to PP led government or not. Most probably some new tactics will come forward to pro long the tug of war between PP led government and Judiciary. So is the fate of this unique nation on this planet.

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  • Irtiza
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:49PM

    How can a court being run by PCO judges decide the fate of an elected prime minister?

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  • FP
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Evict Gilani from PM house.

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  • Asad Ur Rehman
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Oh yea the kind of respect you have showed took my heart. I am overwhelmed indeed horrible President.

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  • Mohammed Arif
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Wisdom says to accept the decision of Supreme Court and just choose new Prime Minister and give chance to some one for couple of months. Of course ch. shujat has experience of brief Prime Minister. Apparently, chances of Khurshed Shah because Amin Faheem will face similar position as his case is already on CJ’s table.

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  • Omer
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Nice move by SC. Lovin’ it

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  • Recycled Thoughts
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Gillani as Party Worker ?

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  • abc
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:04PM

    More worried about themselves than about the poor, wretched, miserable awam of Pakistan living without water, electricity, food, etc

    If only you could call an emergency session on why Punjab is being singled out for 20 hours loadshedding, while electricity situation normal in Karachi and other cities. Not very important matter?

    Please continue your “revenge” policy and let us be done with you.Recommend

  • imran
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Time for Early ELections!

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  • KB
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:06PM

    ET: Can you please use ‘Former Prime Minister’ instead ‘Prime Minister’.

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  • Hairaan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:11PM

    SC I love you.

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  • Farooq K. Qazi
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:15PM

    One Correction please, since this has just been composed, “FORMER” Prime Minister

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  • elementary
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:19PM

    You can call as many emergency sessions as you like, fact of the matter is,it’s time to go now.

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  • Ali
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Revenge

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  • Muneer Hussain
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:31PM

    The verdict of apex court in favour of ineligibility of the Prime Minister Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani will cause conflict amongst the civil institutions and is actually defeat for political forces and also is reflecting that courts are still playing a huge part against civil rule in the country in the same way as in the past. It also proves that there is still military role as giant political player in the country.

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  • CPF
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:40PM

    Awam hope for the best, our children waiting for the great leadership who will their future and respect in the other parts of world.
    SALAM TO OUR CHILDREN !!!!
    HOPE FOR THEIR RESPECTABLE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:42PM

    @KB:
    Excellent. ET should follow the SC instructions or get ready for……..Contempt proceedings.

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  • elcay
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Beaaring in mind the looming general elections,it would be suicidal for the PPP & its allies to confront SC judgement.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Name 6 prime-ministers for a term of 2 months each for next 1 yr.
    Each of them will be subject to same drama by SC, starting with asking the PM to write a letter to Swiss authorities.

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  • Malik
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Tell me, what is the sin of this nation. For God sake leave us. Every one want to show his supremasy, every one playing with the fate of nation.

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  • Victory for Society
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:12PM

    @major-ji:
    So your assumption proved true. PM has been disqualified. Let us hope Mr Zardari digests this bitter pill. After all there should be limit to scape goats.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Good decision but too late.

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  • truth detector
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @Maz3tt, No, my friend, there is direct correlation here. Electricity problem is direct result of Gilani govt’s incompetency, corruption and shameless arrogance. Nothing more nothing less.

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  • Kuch Nahin Hota
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Now, Gilani will be appointed “Adviser to the President” with all the authority of PM ;)

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  • KB
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @Hairaan: It’s about getting the fact right

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  • smj
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:29PM

    I am not the fan of the selective justice of Supreme court of Pakistan however the government is asking for this by doing so many wrongs.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:55PM

    While the SC of Pakistan has always endorsed each and every dictator and his decisions against the civilians, the SC never failed to undo each and every election results. The current PCO justices are no exception. All they have done is continue with their traditions and give the ruling party a chance to go to the voters as a victim. The voters have always loved the victims of the SC and generals.
    By this decision the SC has shot itself on the foot. They did not see anything wrong with dual nationality and the PM for four years. In the last year of govt they suddenly woke up to make them a victim for the next elections.

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  • Manzur Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:56PM

    The tyranny of law is the worst form of tyranny….why does this court not take up the May 12 case…The Asghar khan case and the Bhutto murder case…..???

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  • hamza khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:59PM

    time to pack it up PPP. elections should be called for later this year. someone get president musharraf on the phone. time to return home!

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  • ijaz Mir
    Jun 19, 2012 - 7:06PM

    I always thought that even a bad democracy is better than dictatorship..When PPP took over government, they said that democracy is the best revenge. That revenge came as no electricity.. Today’s democratic government has brought the country to the point of no return. Instead of progress we are gone back ward.

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  • Len Aziz
    Jun 19, 2012 - 7:37PM

    What will happen to the appointments and decisions Gilani has made as Not being the Prime Minister, since April 2012?

    Can those decisions, including Budget, be challenged in the courts?

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  • Kaspar
    Jun 19, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Changes of this kind mean nothing. One is reminded of Suharwardy’s comment on a government change of his time in Pakistan: khar raft, gao amad!
    The real issue was NRO, which remains unresolved, Gilanior no GIlani.

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