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Gilani files review petition against his disqualification

Gilani files review petition against his disqualification

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Former prime minister Makhdoom Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturdayfiled a review petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against his disqualification.

The former premier was sacked for not complying with the apex court’s orders directing him to write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Yousuf Raza Gilani personally came to the Supreme Court for filing the review petition, which was earlier sent by post and returned by the SC Registrar with some objections.

Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Yusuf Raza Gilani said that he has resubmitted his review petition personally after meeting the SC Registrar’s objections. He said that he has filed the petition after consultations with his legal experts

Yusuf Raza Gilani said that it was his stance that the president enjoys complete immunity both inside and outside the country under the country’s constitution and Vienna Convention the Speaker of the National Assembly also endorsed his view. He said that this very stance has also been vindicated in the letter written to the Swiss authorities.

He said that he took the decision in the capacity of the prime minister and he was punished individually as he personally was the loser as a result of the disqualification verdict. He said his counsel Aitzaz Ahsan did his best in his case, despite the verdict being otherwise.

Yusuf Raza Gilani said that he had taken the decision of not writing the letter after getting viewpoint of the federal cabinet and the legal experts.

He said his action was in the capacity of the prime minister but he was convicted as an individual, and now as an individual he has come to submit the review petition.

He said since the court’s order has been implemented after demonstration of accommodation by the court and the government, therefore, his disqualification should also be ended.

“It was an act of a Prime Minister and not an individual. I took the step after consultation with my cabinet; however, I have been disqualified in personal capacity,” Yusuf Raza Gilani spoke to media while answering a question why he didn’t abide by the SC orders of the Swiss letter.

He said that PPP has always faced such circumstances. He further said that democracy is moving towards maturity, adding that it is the first time that democratic government is completing its tenure. He said that this has not happened before; adding that the institutions are gaining maturity and everything would be proper with the passage of time.

He said that he protected the constitution of the country by not writing letter to the Swiss authorities.

To a question, Yusuf Raza Gilani rebuffed the impression of his differences with party leadership, saying that the he has come to file the petition after taking PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari into confidence.

He said that it is not true that his party (PPP) has left him, adding that he is still vice chairman of PPP.

Yusuf Raza Gilani was not accompanied by his counsel for filing of the petition; However, Federal Minister for Information and broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, National Assembly standing committee on law and Justice Chairperson Begum Naseem Chaudhry and a team of lawyers accompanied him.

It is pertinent to mention here that on 26 April 2012, Yousaf Raza Gilani was symbolically sentenced a 30-seconds detention after he was found guilty in the National Reconciliation Ordinance implementation (NRO) case for not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The apex court later disqualified the then prime minister on June 19 for holding any public office for five years after his conviction in contempt of court case for not writing letter to Swiss authorities in the NRO implementation case.

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