Jul 24

I am ready for arrest if did anything illegal: Gilani

Prime Minister GilaniIslamabad: Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is ready to get arrested if he has done anything illegal.

Gilani said there was nothing wrong in appointing Tauqir Sadiq as chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).

He added that decisions taken by him as prime minister were legal and constitutional and he was not afraid of the consequences.

According to the report, talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Gilani said a perception was being created that he was being protected by the Punjab police.

Gilani said as prime minister he appointed not only Sadiq but several other top-ranking officials, including the chief justice, army chief, air force chief and chief of the joint staff committee.

He added that it would be unfair to regard Sadiq’s appointment illegal and other appointments legal.

According to the report, sources in NAB said that officials of the bureau were considering seeking accountability court’s help in responding to what Gilani said about his arrest.

They said that Gilani might be summoned for not cooperating with NAB in the case related to Sadiq’s controversial appointment.

During investigation, Sadiq had revealed names of several people who had played some role in his appointment, including former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf and former adviser to prime minister for petroleum Dr Asim Hussain.

Jul 20

Multan NA 151By-Election Result 2012 – Abdul Qadir Gilani wins

Dismissed PM Yousaf Gilani’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani wins against independent candidate.abdul qadir gilani zardar

According to the unofficial results Abdul Qadir Gilani bagged 64,628 votes and Shoukat Hayat Boson got 60,532 votes.

Shoukat Hayat Boson was an independent candidate but he enjoyed the support of PML-N, PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami.

All eyes were focused today on Multan NA-151 elections, as its result could determine the future political trends in the country.

NA-151 seat was vacated after the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified former PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.

It was virtually a contest between PPP on the one side and all political forces on the other.

The main candidates were the former prime minister’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani who represented Pakistan People’s Party and Shaukat Hayat Khan Bosan, who enjoyed the informal support of both Pakistan Muslim League-N, JI Pakistan and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf.

PTI President Javed Hashmi and Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi also used their influence in the favour of the independent candidate Bosan.

Other candidates contesting the by-election were Abdul Mateen Qureshi, Dr Aleem Chaudhry, Mehr Ghulam Shabbir Sial, Shehla Shaheen Advocate, Muhammad Husnain Khan Bosan, Muhammad Amil Yousuf Jutt, Muhammad Abbas and Nawaz Muhammad Iqbal Khan.

The seat fell vacant when the former prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani was declared disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Jun 21

Non-bailable Arrest warrants for Shahabuddin, Ali Musa Gilani issued

Islamabad: The Judicial Magistrate in Rawalpindi has issued arrest warrants for Pakistan People”s Party candidate for the slot of prime minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ali Musa Gilani, a son of ex premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, for their alleged involvement in Ephedrine scam involving Rs 7 billion.Arrest warrants for Shahabuddin, Ali Musa Gilani issued

The warrants were issued by Judicial Magistrate Shafqatullah Khan following the end of deadline on which Qureshi was to appear before the army-led Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).

The Supreme Court of Pakistan during the last hearing of Ephedrine case had also directed the ANF to arrest Shahabuddin.

The ANF had told the court that certain elements were creating hurdles in the investigation.

Jun 19

Gilani disqualified as prime minister:SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has disqualified Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister in its short order of the NA Speaker ruling case, Geo News reported.Gilani disqualified as prime minister

“Yousuf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan,” said chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order.

“The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process,” he added.

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The apex court was seized with identical petitions challenging NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza’s rulings not to send a reference for the prime minister’s disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the identical petitions, filed by the PML-N, Tehreek-e-Insaf and others against the NA speaker’s ruling over the disqualification of the prime minister.

During today’s proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that PM Gilani’s conviction could have been suspended if it was challenged. ‘Only the appellate court can review a judicial ruling, no one can wipe away a judicial ruling.’

Following is the text of the SC order:

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, CJ.- For reasons to be recorded later, the titled petitions are disposed of as under:

(1) This Court in exercise of jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is competent to ensure enforcement of the fundamental rights of the citizens in all matters of public importance;

(2) The Speaker of the National Assembly under Article 63(2) of the Constitution exercises powers, which are not covered by the definition of internal proceedings of Majlise-Shoora, therefore, this Court, in exercise of power of judicial review, is not debarred from inquiring into the order dated 25.05.2012. Reference in this behalf may be made to the cases of Mining Industries of Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. v. Deputy Speaker, Balochistan Provincial Assembly (PLD 2006 Quetta 36), Madad Ali v. Province of Sindh (1996 SCMR 366), Shams-ud-Din v. Speaker, Balochistan Provincial Assembly (1994 MLD 2500), Muhammad Naeem Akhtar v. Speaker, Sindh Provincial Assembly (1992 CLC 2043), Farzand Ali v. Province of West Pakistan (PLD 1970 SC 98); Muhammad Anwar Durrani v. Province of Baluchistan (PLD 1989 Quetta 25); Jagjit Singh v. State of Haryana (AIR 2007 SC 590) and Rajendra Singh Rana v. Swami Prasad Maurya (AIR 2007 SC 1305);

(3) As a Bench of 7 Hon’ble Judges vide judgment dated 26.04.2012 followed by the detailed reasons released on 08.05.2012 has found Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani guilty of contempt of Court under Article 204(2) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 read with section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment till rising of the Court under section 5 of the said Ordinance, and since no appeal was filed against this judgment, the conviction has attained finality. Therefore, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has become disqualified from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution on and from the date and time of pronouncement of the judgment of this Court dated 26.04.2012 with all consequences, i.e. he has also ceased to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan with effect from the said date and the office of the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be vacant accordingly;

(4) The Election Commission of Pakistan is required to issue notification of disqualification of Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani from being a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora w.e.f. 26.4.2012; and

(5) The President of Pakistan is required to take necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process through parliamentary system of government in the country.

Apr 12

Supreme Court takes up PM’s contempt case today

SC to resume contempt case against PM today

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will resume today (Thursday) the hearing of the contempt of court case against Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani for not implementing its order on the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

The seven-member special bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk had adjourned the hearing after the PM’s counsel Barrister Aitizaz Ahsen told the court that due to illness he would not be able to argue before the apex court, thus seeking adjournment.

The counsel in response to the court’s query submitted that he had not yet argued extensively on Article 10-A of the Constitution incorporated under the 18th Constitutional Amendment; hence, he still needed time to complete his arguments before the court.