ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is ready to get arrested and sent to jail if he has done anything illegal.

Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House on Tuesday, Mr Gilani said a perception was being created that he was being protected by the Punjab police. “Today I have come to Islamabad and ready for the arrest if anyone wants to do so,” he said.

Mr Gilani said there was nothing wrong in appointing Tauqir Sadiq as chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), adding that decisions taken by him as prime minister were legal and constitutional and he was not afraid of consequences.

He said as prime minister he appointed not only Sadiq but several other top-ranking officials as well, including the chief justice, army chief, air force chief and chief of the joint staff committee. It would be unfair to regard Sadiq’s appointment illegal and other appointments legal, he added.

Answering a question about the role of the judiciary, the former prime minister said the judiciary should allow the government to function and, at the same time, the government should not interfere in the affairs of courts.

Sources in NAB told Dawn that officials of the bureau were considering to seek accountability court’s help in responding to what Mr Gilani said on Tuesday about his arrest. They said that the former prime minister might be summoned by an accountability court for not cooperating with NAB in the case related to Sadiq’s controversial appointment.

Media reports indicate that during interrogation Sadiq had unveiled 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.

A senior NAB official who did not want to be named said that under the NAB ordinance the bureau could arrest a person if he or she refused to respond to its three notices but the action would require approval from its chairman. Because the position of NAB chairman was now vacant, he said, the bureau could not issue warrants for the arrest of former prime minister.

On July 16 Mr Gilani defied the forth notice of NAB by saying that being a former prime minister he enjoyed immunity and could not be summoned by any investigation agency.

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Omar S
July 24, 2013 6:41 am

What does Gilani mean, "If done anything illegal?" Almost ALL of what himself, his family and his party has done to the people and the country is nothing less of treason. Gilani and family should be pubicly hanged and all their wealth and properties (overseas & local) should be seized and this person and his family should be punished to such extreme extents that it should be an eye opener for all the rest of these public SERVANTS; our so called poilitcians.

July 24, 2013 7:26 am

Mr. Giliani, you are innocent till found guilty. However, not facing charges in the court of law and defying court orders is not helping you much. Ready or not your are going to jail.

"A policeman stops a lady and asks for her license. He says "Lady, it says here that you should be wearing glasses." The woman answered "Well, I have contacts." The policeman replied "I don't care who you know! You're getting a ticket!"

So take your glasses with you; it seems you don't have much contacts left!

July 24, 2013 7:47 am

WTH this immunity is? either incumbent or former in both cases these traitors simply let themselves get of every situation by just saying that they are enjoying immunity. can't we have a system where from a President to a mango man all either enjoy full immunity or be judged equally??

Amjad Wyne
July 24, 2013 8:40 am

Criminal to the core, he wants nation to believe that he is a victim.

July 24, 2013 9:59 am

If he wants to be arrested then arrest him.

July 24, 2013 11:06 am

Mr Gilani You are the most corrupt and shameless person in Pakistan. Please stop talking absurd and don't waste the time of other people.

July 24, 2013 11:18 am

since they consider corruption as their legal right, he is so confident that he has not done anything illegal.

July 24, 2013 11:31 am

If a former President and Army Chief has been arrested, charged,grilled,humiliated and insulted by even ordinary citizens - for charges yet to be proved, who YRG thinks he is ? His cabinet minister had resigned in protest for his and his family's gross involvement in corruption, Sheikh Rashid (MNA Rawalpindi) has publicly declared him and his family as "most corrupt" what else remains to be said. As far as Courts are concerned - he has been disqualified and his sons are involved in one or other corruption cases - he should now Stay quiet.

July 24, 2013 4:09 pm

The shameless are called shameless....... because they have no shame. The one who has to catch him is most probably as dirty as Gilani......and Gilani most likely know that, thus his bravado.

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