Pakistan News / Gilani No More PM > The Supreme Court (SC) declared the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as disqualified after his conviction over contempt charges.
Reading out the short verdict after completiton of hearing of numerous identical petitions filed against National Assembly Speaker’s ruling over the PM Gilani’s conviction over contempt of court, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to issue a notification in this regard as the Prime Minister Gilani stands as ineligible since April 26.
The court directed President Asif Ali Zardari to appoint new leader of the house as he (Gilani) has been disqualified as even the member of the National Assembly as a result of punishment.
The order said the Office of Prime Minister of Pakistan fell vacant on April 26, the day a seven-member bench convicted Gilani in the contempt of court case.
“The arrangements for the elections of new Prime Minister should be made forthwith.”
Saying that the executive is not authorized to scrutinize the rulings of Supreme Court (SC), Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry said no authority but appellate court can stay the implementation on the court’s rulings.
Heading a three-member bench hearing numerous constitutional petitions filed against National Assembly Speaker’s ruling over conviction of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani by the apex court, the Chief Justice Chaudhry said, “Where will the independence of judiciary go if the executive examines the ruling of a seven-judge bench. The disqualification could have been delayed some further, had Gilani appealed.”
Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir, in his arguments today, read out a resolution adopted by National Assembly in support of the Speaker’s ruling.