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.