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30 seconds in custody

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday was convicted of contempt of court and sentenced until the rising of the court, DawnNews reported.

A seven-judge bench of the court, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, announced the verdict in the contempt of court case.

The premier was convicted and sentenced under Article 63 (1) (g) of the constitution.

For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for wilfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court, said Justice Nasirul Mulk.

The sentencing lasted for 30 seconds. The prime minister remained standing for 30 seconds after the announcement of judgment. He could have been sentenced to a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but the court ordered him to be imprisoned until the hearing adjourned.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, center, makes his way to the Supreme Court for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012.  – Photo by AP
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, center, makes his way to the Supreme Court for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012. – Photo by AP
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is escorted by security and supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26. Pakistan's prime minister was convicted of contempt of court by the country's highest court but given only a token sentence in a case that could still see him thrown out of office. The court found Gilani guilty of contempt over his refusal to obey an order to write to the authorities in Switzerland. – Photo by AFP
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is escorted by security and supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26. Pakistan's prime minister was convicted of contempt of court by the country's highest court but given only a token sentence in a case that could still see him thrown out of office. The court found Gilani guilty of contempt over his refusal to obey an order to write to the authorities in Switzerland. – Photo by AFP
Policemen in riot-gears cordon off the Supreme court as Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, unseen, appears for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012. – Photo by AP
Policemen in riot-gears cordon off the Supreme court as Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, unseen, appears for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012. – Photo by AP
Pakistani security personnel escort Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's car as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26, 2012.     – Photo by AFP
Pakistani security personnel escort Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's car as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26, 2012. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani shout slogans against the contempt of court verdict outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 26, 2012.  – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani shout slogans against the contempt of court verdict outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 26, 2012. – Photo by AFP

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Aleem Ch Apr 26, 2012 11:14am
Court playing with public money.........
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iqbal Apr 26, 2012 09:44am
birds of same feathers flock together
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mailk mehran Apr 27, 2012 05:16pm
what a historic decision by court, only 30sec prison for PM while whole life prison for the poor nation???????????????????????????????????????????????
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Hasan Rizvi Apr 26, 2012 08:01am
Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani should vacant the chair of Prime Minister because nation do not need Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani as a Prime Minister.
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Fareedullah Apr 26, 2012 08:03am
What is going in Pakistan what is this every one solve there own problem so what the people of Pakistan do we give them vote there for.......... plz i request you save Pakistan and stop war.
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Nadir Apr 26, 2012 02:01pm
At least PPP has set an example of facing the courts and respecting the decisions to some extent, not storming the supreme court and throwing the sitting chief justice out of court.
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srfraz Apr 26, 2012 07:55am
thats the shortest imprisonment, this will encourage them to do more of these crimes, what a joke...
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jabbar kazmi Apr 26, 2012 08:48am
yeah 30 seconds ........wow judges you are brave aren't you......if it was me or a member of it would be six months.............shame on the judges......they all are playing games with people of Pakistan.......so called independent judges...
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Rana Asghar Apr 26, 2012 07:46am
The epex court declared biased by some (may be very few) did not consider the Nazria-e-Zarorat as this time it was deciding against a Political figure and not a General. And a few of the judges in this court are those who uphold the Nazria-e-Zarrorat in the recent past while deciding against a General.
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Waseem Apr 26, 2012 10:29am
30 second.it is shame of Pakistan Supreme court when they announced the verdict and punishment. SC judges wasted million of rups for 30 second. What is shame?????????????
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S Chaudhury Apr 26, 2012 01:21pm
It can only happen in Pakistan a convicted person showered with flowers
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A.Elahi Apr 26, 2012 12:11pm
What a joke.
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Azalan Apr 26, 2012 02:27pm
token punishment
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Zubair Apr 26, 2012 09:20am
Gilani is already convicted person. But this verdict showed intimidation of judges. What joke with poor nation.
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FJ Siddiqui Apr 26, 2012 10:25am
It is the beginning... where there is full liberty to so any violation by high ups... these 30 seconds matter... hope we will see all big corrupt guns being shot with rightful punishments...
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Chris Apr 26, 2012 10:58am
Thats the most pathetic sentencing I have ever heard in my entire life... Completely PATHETIC! What would 30 secs do to a person who has done so much wrong... I would say release all the prisoner, since if the PM is going to be given such a lenient sentence, then I think that the prisoner have suffered more....
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CChowdhury Apr 26, 2012 11:59am
Even 30 seconds warrants resignation
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Hasan Rizvi Apr 26, 2012 10:18am
Prime Minister should away from his designation because he is not able to stay more in this post.
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pakistankiqasam Apr 26, 2012 11:28am
imprisoned for 30 seconds? i m willing to make contempt of this spineless court every day of my life
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