Jun 20

General elections to be held in eight months: President Zardari

Islamabad: Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday discussed the country’s current political crisis at a meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party’s leadership, following the Supreme Court’s verdict disqualifying his prime minister.Zardari

Addressing the meeting of the PPP’s Parliamentary Party members at the Presidency, the president said that the decision to nominate a new leader of the House would be taken in consultation with the coalition partners and in the larger national interest.

The president said that the PPP had accepted the court’s judgment, despite its reservations on the ruling, for the sake of democracy.

Moreover, he said that the next general elections would be held in eight months time.

Former prime minister and the party’s vice chairman, Yousuf Raza Gilani, who also attended the meeting, said he had worked according to the constitution and the law.

“I would continue to serve the masses and the country to the best of my capacity. I remained loyal to the party,” said Gilani.

The apex court on Tuesday had declared Yousuf Raza Gilani disqualified from holding a seat in the parliament for refusing to reopen graft cases against President Zardari.

The PPP’s Parliamentary Party members have reposed their confidence in President Zardari, authorizing him to nominate a new prime minister.

During today’s meeting, the president also briefed members on his consultations with coalition party leaders for election of a new premier.

Zardari said that the PPP did not want confrontation among state institutions, and that it would ensure that the democratic process continues without any disruption.

Jun 20

Cabinet division de-notifies Gilani as PM

Cabinet division has issued notification subjecting to the disqualification of ex-PM Gilani.Cabinet division de-notifies Gilani as PM

 

According to notification, Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified from the post of prime minister on April 26. The cabinet division also issued directives to dissolve the federal cabinet.

The posts of federal ministers, state ministers advisors to PM and special consultants have also been suspended. However, federal ministers along with other cabinet members will enjoy privileges for fifteen days.

The federal cabinet comprised thirty five ministers, eighteen state ministers, four advisers and six special consultants.

The election commission declared Gilani ineligible from April 26 after reviewing Supreme Court’s verdict.

Ex-PM Gilani’s membership of parliament from constituency NA-151 Multan was also suspended.

A seven-member bench of Supreme Court announced the verdict in contempt case against ex-PM Gilani on April 26 on which National assembly s speaker issued another ruling that declared PM Gilani eligible to hold the office.

However, on June 19, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice declared Gilani ineligible to hold the office of Prime Minister in the light of April 26 verdict.