Judiciary has become a dictator: Gilani

Published: August 15, 2012
Former prime minister lashes out against judiciary, says it is trying to derail democracy in the country. PHOTO: SHAHID SAEED/ EXPRESS

Former prime minister lashes out against judiciary, says it is trying to derail democracy in the country. PHOTO: SHAHID SAEED/ EXPRESS

MULTAN: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani lashed out against the judiciary on Wednesday and remarked sarcastically that there is no need of elections as the judges want to govern the country. “We have fought against all dictators and were always successful, but today the judiciary has become a dictator.”

Speaking to the media in Multan during an Iftar party, Gilani said that if all prime minister’s decisions are taken by the judges, then elections are mere drama because it is the judiciary which will choose prime ministers according to its own will.

“I will surely go for a protest at all levels against the judicial oppression in the country,” he maintained and added that there will never be a stable Pakistan if incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is sacked. “If Raja Pervaiz Ashraf asks me for advice, I will tell him to reject the court orders.”

While saying that a third force has always been blamed for derailing democracy in the country, Gilani said that the judiciary has become that third force by using the Constitution in an unconstitutional manner. “The judiciary has become the third force for which the army was blamed in the past, and today they want a controlled democracy, as the institution has been politicised with clear and determined political intentions.”

Gilani further said that sovereignty belongs to Allah, but the judiciary has now declared itself as the custodians of sovereignty of the country. He added that the economic instability in the country is also due to the environment created by the judges.

“They have frightened away people from investing in Pakistan and you can see, no one is eager any more. They [judges] have direct interference in every affair of the government.”

Calling his disqualification “unconstitutional”, Gilani said that the judiciary is not independent because everyone is forced to follow the court’s ‘unconstitutional’ orders.

Gilani was disqualified from his post of prime minister after the Supreme Court held him in contempt for not obeying the court orders by not writing letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

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Reader Comments (61)

  • A. Khan
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:35PM

    You disobeyed the SC and listened to Zardari. I am glad that SC showed it will not be cowed by the executive. After all, laws should be applied equally to all.


  • sohaib
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Is shameful looting of the country, bad governance and corruption called democracy?


  • amjad
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:39PM

    they have started a planed war against judiciaryRecommend

  • SitaW
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Keep your advice to yourself!
    You are already convicted and a shame to
    Pakistanis world over.


  • ProPakistan
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Great!!!! Thats the way to tackle these autocrat judges … Gilani’s name will be written in gold in the history to stood by his Party and constitution and sacrifice the his PMship but he will remain PM in hearts of true democratic people of Pakistan …


  • Mirza
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:49PM

    The PCO CJ is the worst reincarnation of Gen Zia. Both of them were appointed by Allah to control Pakistan’s destiny. Gen Zia did not hang elected PM ZAB, the LHC and SC of Pakistan did. It is nothing new about the behavior of SC as the “third force”, they have always been on the wrong side of history and with the dictators and never with the people of Pakistan. The current SC shows a clear disdain toward the will of the people.


  • TruthNFacts
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:49PM

    Gilani sounds extremely convincing. However, he did not mention that reason why he ordered the release and restoration of PCO judges. In addition, he did not mention the real patrons of this existing judiciary which has crossed its constitutional limits. In fact, the patrons got the PCO judges reinstated and now they have been using the same judiciary as a new arsenal against democratically elected government. People are fully aware of the non-civilian actors and they even know their malicious intentions as well. It is now time for all democratic forces to unite against judicial activism and establish the supremacy of civilians and the parliament.


  • Omar
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:50PM

    Someone wants revenge!! Someone’s angry against the CJ!!


  • Waqar
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:52PM

    Agreed. Time for CJ to resign.


  • Hataf
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:55PM

    SPOT ON!!

    Sir, if only you could have said it during the Prime Ministership!!

    youre hundred and ten percent right!Recommend

  • Neutral
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Ya ya…the grapes are sour….mr ex PM…..Recommend

  • Kazim
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Judiciary is a dictator like it is in every country (for the goodness of the state) …Recommend

  • Blithe
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Sitting with your son who is involved
    in a drugs scandal … And then attacking the judiciary?!?!!

    Convicted ex-PM , it does not behoove you to
    make such statements. Recommend

  • JJ
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Judges r not want to govern the country Mr.Gilani they r performing their duties with full Obligation and PROTECT the country from Deceit,Hypocrite, Unscrupulous POLITIONS.


  • Logic Europe
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:03PM

    there is great substance in what GILANI sahab says


  • Muhammad
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Mr Gilani u stand by your words we stand by you!


  • Karachiite
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:10PM

    Gilani is right. This Mullah Judiciary wants to govern the country and violating the constitution itself.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Gilani is history and the ruler never learn from history.


  • Engr.Waqas
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:13PM

    hmmmmm are you serious Gillani sahb ? bdw hows your sons doing these days ? Recommend

  • Jamal
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:23PM

    One word hypocrite!!


  • Razi
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Judiciary is doing cheap stunts. I may not support PPP but I certainly do not support a dogma of believing the judges blindly. Gilani is right. If MR CJ is the one who has to throws awayevery law the govt. makes we dont need any other power to destroy our country .. CJ u r doing great job of destroying it…Recommend

  • a&a
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:38PM

    there are others charged with contempt of court, but no one was convicted so swiftly . . . .
    * very strange & suspicious!!!!*


  • Zia Pasha
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Of course they are mad at Judiciary now, because they’re the only legitimate force left in country that question their corruption and ill-motives. These politicians want free hands so they can loot and destroy the country and no one is able to ask them any question. Is that reason why PPP rushed and passed a historically awful law that made Prime Minister and provincial ministers immune to any legal threats.

    This is what we get for electing such govt
    Every Pakistani stands with SC and CJ. We won’t let these politicians treat Pakistan like a family business.

    Long Live Pakistan!Recommend

  • jibran
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:45PM

    PCO CJ is one self serving individual. Everything was fine with him, the ills of a dictator were invisible to him until the dictator tried to sack him. Media was doing a great service to the nation, until his sons and his business dealings were brought to light. Now he finds obscenity in the media. Attiqa Odho was fine with all her bottles of liquor, until… And I stop here. People know everything.


  • Asher Rafiq
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:52PM

    ”I will surely go for a protest at all levels against the judicial oppession in the country.”Mr.X PM go ahead who is stopping you. Nobody is interested in you and in your party PPP.We had enough of you. Just give people of Pakistan a break.Have mercy on us.


  • Mr. Honest
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Look who is talking… Recommend

  • Walayat Malik
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Anyone who comes in way of free hand in looting, nepotism, cronyism and corruption will not be liked by people like Gilanis, Chouhdries and waderas.


  • Aik-Paki
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:58PM

    This Gilani guy is full of guilt but he also wants in the lime light. His time of lime light is gone due to all his and his family’s corruption. Recommend

  • asif
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:04PM

    @karachite…you very rightly called them Mullah Judiciary, after Ramday, favorite judge of CJ was Khawaja Shareef, who is now lawyer of killer Qadri and in his arguments supporting Taseer killing, Gillani is very much right that present judiciary is behaving like dictator, you read their every day remarks, which show their sense of self righteousness and rude behavior. They are trying to dictate every thing from economic affairs to culture to censorship. He is also right that present judiciary is responsible for decrease in foreign investment. Had CJ not decided against Steel Mill privatization, tens of billions of tax payer money would have been saved from spending on that sick unit. It appears they are power hungry, if they were sincere they would have started much needed reforms in our judicial working. Ask any lay man, he will call Judiciary the most incompetent and corrupt institution of Pakistan. Even small petty cases are not decided for years. If judiciary only succeed in enforcing private property rights and enforcement of contracts, our 50% problems will resolve and economic activity will increase manifold. But like all other dictators, these will also vanish in dustbin of history.


  • elementary
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:14PM

    Then leave the country Mr Gillani .Who is stopping you ??


  • Aug 15, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Nation does not want to hear from convicted people like you!!!!Recommend

  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:18PM

    Arslan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz saga has nothing to do with judiciary. Due to Following reasons:
    1) It was a matter between two people no one holding any government office.
    2) The money involved was not states money, it was again a business/blackmailing/whatever matter between two businessmen, bargaining for the best deal. No tax payers money involved.
    3) Even Malik Riaz admitting that despite Arsalans assurances he failed to get even a verdict in his favour MEANS Arsalan was not influencing the decisions of the court.
    4) NAB-FIA should better focus on those cases in which State money is involved like OGRA 84 Billion, Rental Power 400 Billion, OGDCL 45 Billion, Railways 125 Billion, NICL 6 Billion, Affi Drean 8 Billion, Swiss courts 600 million, Hajj Scam 2 Billion, PIA 20 Billion etc etc and many unsung scams.
    Why people are shouting for a matter between two people, i cant understand


  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:19PM

    The judiciary is not interfering in the operational matters of the government. To investigate the financial corruption scams ” adversely affects the lives of poor people”?
    Isnt it all SC doing?
    Also this is such a cowardly act to blame the institutions just to save the black money?
    Gillani was always shouting Affi Drean case is to stop government from giving 5th budget. Please mention one case which supreme court should not have opened because it has damaged the country. Every single case SC investigated involved corruption, corruption and corruption.
    It is shame that we dont hate those who feed themselves and their families on Haram Income.


  • Father of Mirza
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:19PM

    If CJ was representing third force he would not had confronted Gen. Mushraf.


  • Parvez
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:20PM

    What ever little truth there may be in this but coming from the mouth of the ex-head of the worst government this country has seen so far, sounds lame and unconvincing.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Son sitting with him asked him to protest because their income slashed badly.


  • abdul karim KHAN
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:25PM

    @ProPakistan: he is only for his party.he should be convicted for all the corrption he did at his time and punished him so hard next prime minster learn from him.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:35PM

    This corrupt incompetent government will try anything in its last dying days of power. Get rid of this mafia which has deceived the public time and time again with their false promises. VOTE FOR IMRAN KHAN IF YOU WANT REAL CHANGE


  • Magsi
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:36PM

    “They have frightened away people from investing in Pakistan and you can see, no one is eager any more. They [judges] have direct interference in every affair of the government.”

    Oh really? We were under the impression that you and your party was the primary cause of all the distress this country is in now!Recommend

  • waqar
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Did you ever think why Musharraf wanted to sack him,because the honourable CJ was opposing the steel mill corrouption.don’t you ever dare to politicize CJ.do some research and then come and say any such thing.


  • Salim
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:41PM

    The CJ himself said that he took loan from House Building Finance Corp to arrange his sons Valima ceremony. How come he used the loan for his sons Valima instead of utilising it for the purpose it was taken???. Chief Justice Saheb you slip is showing.


  • Aug 16, 2012 - 12:27AM

    Democracy is barely taking root in 50% ILLITERATE Pakistan. All Major institutions like Executive, Parliament, Judiciary & Establishment have always been out if balance. All good Democracies succeed and help country progress if there are strong check and balances of the 4 major institutions listed above. With Gilani it is my way or the highway. Judiciary was always the weakest in the past. Thank God it is now slowly but surely coming into balance with other institutions. No one in Pakistan should be allowed to derail this process.


  • Pakistani Pakhtoon
    Aug 16, 2012 - 12:28AM

    GA ANP for passing 18th amendment in parliment . this will be a good omen for Pakhtoons in KPK.. we love you ANP


  • Not me
    Aug 16, 2012 - 12:33AM

    History will remember Gilani as incompetent and corrupt PM of Pakistan who ruined institution by appointing cronies.
    Citizens have highest respect for the Supreme Court


  • Khurram
    Aug 16, 2012 - 12:56AM

    On which basis Gilani is claiming so, can’t he see the corruption PPP spread everywhere in the country?

    Kindly for GOD sake leave us the nation and country.

    And I would like to ask you guys who opposing the CJ and in favor of Gilani?
    Are you really sure about the faith of country in the hands of such looters alliance?
    Very strange that you can’t see how the country is suffering ever since the came in the regime …



  • Logic Europe
    Aug 16, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @ raheem bakshi sir it is the whole world and free media criticising the PCO judge


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 16, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Gilani Sahib:

    What nonsense you are talking about.

    You took the oath as Prime Minister to act according to the Constitution of Pakistan but you yourself went unconstitutionally by not writing letter to Swiss Authorities to save the President Asif Ali Zardari from the clutches of the law.

    You were adamant in not writing the letter and you did not wrote the letter until the last moment and therefore you were sent packing home by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

    You became dictator, and NOT the judges, as you want to save the President Asif Ali Zardari who made you the Prime Minister and you did not obeyed the Constitution of Pakistan.

    The judges asked you to write the letter to Swiss Authorities so that the looted money should be returned to Pakistan, but instead of bring back the money in the country, you intentionally saved the looter.

    How long Mr. Zardari will have the immunity provided to him under the Constitutions?

    Time is running fast and with the tick, tick of the watch, the time is passing like any thing and hands of law are going closer day by day towards the looter.

    Can you just quote one rare example in the world where the Head of the State have not obeyed the orders of the Supreme Court in any country?

    This happens only in Pakistan and there is not a single example or precedent available in the entire world.



  • Saleem
    Aug 16, 2012 - 1:44AM

    Which democracy is he talking about? The one that was based on the illegal NRO. The one where we have the most corrupt, inefficient, and shameless politicians ever in the history of this country. In a real democracy these thugs will be serving long jail terms.


  • Kashif
    Aug 16, 2012 - 1:46AM

    PM Gilani Saheb is absolutely right in his assessment about this corrupt, incompetent, power-hungry judiciary. Ch Iftikhar has gone completely crazy in my opinion. He is violating and trashing our laws and our Constitution. Enough is enough.. Lets put a stop to his illegal rulings and dictatorship, otherwise our country will suffer tremendously. CJ is fooling the people.


  • Salman mirza
    Aug 16, 2012 - 2:01AM

    The most corrupt institute of pure land is judiciary and this institute wants to eradicate corruption from country. What a joke !


  • Aug 16, 2012 - 2:05AM

    If President and Prime Minister had no immunity every one would call them in the Courts almost on daily basis, Therefore every President and P.M had immunity through out world but CJ is not accepting this. Now Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is not recognizing even the sovereignty of the Parliament.

    CJ in the past had given validity to Gen Mush military coup who violated the Constitution, if CJ believes in rule of the law and constitution, he should resign first.


  • Shahid Butt
    Aug 16, 2012 - 2:17AM

    Mr Gillani,you first pay back all those loans with interest which you and your wife took in the past, then you have any RIGHT to say any thing. Other wise NOBODY is stopping you to leave the country.


  • Shahid Butt
    Aug 16, 2012 - 2:22AM

    Please do not forget both Mr Zardari and B. Bhutto were convicted in Swiss court for money laundering. why you will not write letter?


  • SaqibTahir
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:06AM

    @Shahid Butt:
    If Zardari is already convicted then why judges have so much pain?


  • Aug 16, 2012 - 7:13AM

    You are Right Sir


  • Rabia
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:38AM

    He’s just sore because his Democracy didn’t work out. GO Judiciary! Recommend

  • Mirza
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:46AM

    @Shahid Butt: If they were convicted then why does the PCO CJ want them to be tried again? There cannot be double conviction ever in any court of law. Have anybody ever heard that a murderer is again tried and again sentenced? “You cannot try and convict a person for the same crime twice”.


  • Mohsin Hyder
    Aug 16, 2012 - 11:59AM

    Had the current government not been corrupt and disobedient, the judiciary wouldn’t have been dictatorial either.


  • Neutral
    Aug 16, 2012 - 2:04PM

    Mirza Sb…pls read the complete report on Swiss case….the accused including Zardari Sb were to be convicted but delayed due to non-appearance of Zardari Sb against submission of medical report in which he was declared unfit to travel.Then came the unauthorised letter sent by Justice Malik to withdraw the State of Pakistan from the case as a party.This put the case on back-burner….Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 16, 2012 - 11:47PM

    The clash of institutions has held the country in its grip for the last many months. With each passing day matters get worse as parliament and the judiciary stake out their respective turfs. On a number of occasions the Chief Justice of Pakistan has expounded on the supremacy of the constitution, placing it above all else. Considering that it is the ultimate interpreter of the constitution, the Supreme Court (SC) then assumes an overweening role. On the other hand the government feels under siege from judicial activism expanding into the domain of executive power. The government has done its utmost to show respect to the SC that has gone as far as terminating an elected prime minister who still enjoyed a majority in parliament. Many legal minds are of the opinion that in the pursuance of the NRO case, with writing a letter to the Swiss authorities becoming the ultimate bone of contention, as both the institutions think themselves constitutionally right in their arguments, the country is witnessing another type of power struggle between elected and non-elected state institutions. However it is clear that it is the responsibility of legislator to make constitution not the judiciary. The business of judiciary is to interpret it only.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:27AM

    Gilani and Kayani have already predicted the fate of Pakistan . Change can only be brought about through a red revolution and no body can avoid it .


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