Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Conviction cannot Disqualify the "Stubborn" : PM Gilani

Amid continuous demands that he should step down, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the Conviction in the Contempt Case against him is not related to Disqualification, as such Convictions cannot Disqualify the "Stubborn".

Prime Minister Gilani said that the thirty (30) second detention which, will also "Qualify a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records", did not have anything to do with Disqualification.

He said that the opposition should "Show some Patience" because he had the right to appeal his Conviction in the Court.

The Prime Minister said that the regulation of the house was the Speaker’s Prerogative and that if the speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza, disqualifies him he will join the "People of Pakistan".

He said, "Some say why did I not tender a resignation on the basis of Morality, I ask, was I convicted for committing any acts of Moral Turpitude, such as The Sita White Case? I was only convicted because I acted according to the Constitution".

Gilani said that he was "Totally Independent" and enjoyed Immunity while Discharging his Duties.

Praising Imran Khan's polite stance, Gilani said, "Imran Khan proved to be better than the Sharif Brothers in this regard".

Moreover, Gilani said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf President Javed Hashmi had met him at his nephew’s wedding and he said that his party will take a decision only when the Court decides something.

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Update 24th May: Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, has rule that a Prime Minister as stubborn as Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani cannot be Disqualified under Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution.

The Speaker said that according to Article 63 of the Constitution, the question of the Prime Minister’s qualification "Does not arise". She has also decided against forwarding the Supreme Court’s Reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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