May 08

PM contempt case: SC issues detailed verdict

The Supreme Court has issued detailed verdict on Prime Minsiter Gilani’s contempt case.

The Supreme Court issued a detailed verdict against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt of court case on Tuesday.

The detailed verdict was written by Justice Nasir ul Mulk consist of 77 pages while an additional 6 paged note written by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was also attached with the verdict.

The Prime Minister was sentenced for less than 30 seconds imprisonment in short order on April, 26.

Gilani was convicted by the country’s top court for not implementing its orders of writing letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against Asif Ali Zardari.

The verdict noted: “The court was deliberately ridiculed that might result in disqualification for five years”.

It said Gilani’s counsel (Aitzaz) didn’t utter single word about the punishment for ridiculing the apex court.

“Judicial system would be destroyed if top official of the country would defy court orders,” the detailed judgment said.

A seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk heard the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case and convicted the premier of contempt for not pursuing corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Following the detailed judgment, the government will face renewed pressure from the opposition parties demanding National Assembly Speaker’s action against the Prime Minister after his conviction in contempt case by the Supreme Court.