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PPP won’t take Raja’s removal ‘lying down’: Gilani

Published Aug 13, 2012 02:00am


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Yousuf Raza Gilani—File Photo
Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. — File Photo

LAHORE: With the Supreme Court taking up the government’s review petition in the NRO case on Aug 15, PPP leader and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani warned on Sunday that if Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was also sent packing by the court the party would not take the verdict ‘lying down’.

Mr Gilani, who himself was disqualified by the Supreme Court and asked to vacate the Prime Minister’s House on June 26 for failing to implement the NRO case, was talking to reporters.

“Everyday is not Sunday,” Mr Gilani said when asked how the PPP would react if Raja was also shown the door.

Asked if the government would move the Supreme Judicial Council, he said: “An unconstitutional verdict will not be accepted…The masses will not accept it… And we’ll resist instead of taking the decision lying down.”

He said the prime minister’s removal would be tantamount to destabilising the country. “Only and only judiciary will be responsible (for any untoward incident),” he said, adding that the third force was always looking for a chance (to wind up the system).

Although he himself as prime minister had appeared in the apex court thrice, he was against Raja Pervez appearing before the judiciary and said elected people needed to be treated with respect.

Criticising his own disqualification, he said he had accepted it without resistance because he wanted to be remembered in history as a prime minister who did not allow any undemocratic force to take advantage of the situation.

He said if the judiciary did not want to allow any prime minister to work then it should itself take charge and there was no need for holding elections.

“If the elected representatives are removed like this there is no use of the electoral exercise. Just wind up the democratic system and make nominations.”

Referring to the victory of his son in the Multan by-poll for the seat vacated by him after his disqualification, Mr Gilani said he had decided to go to the masses in line with one of the six options set by the Supreme Court in the contempt case against him.

“And the masses voted for us proving that the people are with us.”

He said he would not have written the letter (to Swiss authorities) even if a person other than Asif Ali Zardari held the post of the president because the head of state enjoyed immunity in the Constitution.

He cautioned politicians who, he said, were seeking crutches of the judiciary for reaching the corridors of power that “they are sadly and badly mistaken as democracy once lost will be restored in centuries”.

He accused PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif of always using crutches of the third force to come to power.

Asked if the court could ask for early election, he said not at all because it was the sole prerogative of the prime minister to dissolve the assemblies and announce early polls.

About the review petition, the former prime minister said it was aimed at providing a chance to the judiciary to make up for the mistake (in the previous verdict) instead of winding up the system. “Making up for one’s mistake is an act of greatness.”

He said he would not rule out a boycott of the present judiciary by the PPP because it used the weapon of contempt of court only against politicians but not against others for they (institutions other than political parties) did not listen to courts.


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Kamal Aug 13, 2012 03:14am
Mr Gilani is absolutely right Enough is enough of this judicial dictatorship and violations of the Constitution...The elected Govt should completely boycott the SC and institute action for removal of this errand, usurpous and corrupt judiciary in my opinion..
Ghareeb Adami Aug 13, 2012 03:14am
These politicians are the kings only until the masses are educated or voters are well defined and short listed. People who vote for Gillani's the living in the 7th century. They do not know God but only Gillanis as their masters. These are Gillanis who have closed doors of education and development on their subjects. They are to work on their fields and receive grains hardly to live upon. In his constituency, people have not seen 1000 rupee note. There is a dire need to short list the voters and it is only then the true democracy can be seen in the country. As Prime Minister, what ever decision he took was wrong and it had to be reversed on Supreme Courts direction. Supreme Court should have asked him the reason of appointing corrupt and under qualified people on the executive posts. There is no democracy in the country. We are divided and given under the rule of MNAs and MPAs. People cannot even breath without the consent of the elected politician of the country. Today I saw banners from Top political leaders congratulating masses on the Independence day. Who is independent? Only the people in power and their sons and daughters, the police, the waga bounds connected to the politicians and no one else. Democracy needs sacrifices and we do not have a single to its credit.
Ali Aug 13, 2012 03:23am
Why PPP took your removal very happily ????? Because PPP itself wanted to get rid of you.
Charminar Aug 13, 2012 03:21am
Mr. Gilani your part has played politics with the previous verdict of your ouster. Your party should have taken the firm instance and should not have buckle down. Judiciary goes on precedence, now how would you not allow judiciary to disbar another PM on the same ground? Too late, Judiciary 1 Executive 0
Abdul Waheed Aug 13, 2012 10:24am
PPP has exihibited too much weaknesses by lying down before the judiciary in almost all matters and judiciary has been becoming more and more aggressive against PPP and it is being percepted that judiciary is vitimizing PPP. Now signs are coming that PPP will retaliate. They will have to retaliate otherwise like minded judiciary will also sack President
ARIF MUQRI Aug 13, 2012 08:11am
Mr. Gilani is himself corrupt politician that the reason he is appointed as Prime Minister post by another corrupt person. Dear Gilani, first you finish corruption from your own family and then advice the court.
guest Aug 13, 2012 07:55am
what does the constitution say about corrupt and feudal politicians?
Syed Aug 13, 2012 02:35am
Thats sound like threatening the Judiciary and have no respect for the esteemed office, and this is coming from our ex prime minister. His language sound very much like street boy language.
Farrukh Khan Aug 13, 2012 02:45am
jab bulna ka time tha the most competent PM in the history of our nation did not say a word. In fact he did not even go for appeal against the verdict . it is the same case so how does things change? why does the people, ppp and he think that the decisiosn should be/ will be different this time. also he is making sure that raja sb goes to jail for at least 6 months and not like him that he only loses his job.
Rasheed Aug 13, 2012 02:49am
Funny...........and nothing more If judiciary's decision goes against ppp , they are against that decision.......... Accept it because " As you sow , you leap "
Amjad Wyne Aug 13, 2012 02:53am
"Head of State enjoys immunity" - Such immunity may be acceptable in another country but in Pakistan where the diseases of corruption, lawlessness, looting and lack of accountability have spread to all levels and every part of the society, the process of fixing things must begin at the highest level.
J.S.Hussain Aug 13, 2012 03:34am
A prominent member of the Pakistan Peoples Party is committing the blunder of "proxy" and "pre-emptive" contempt of court. It is quite serious as the Supreme Court has not even delivered the verdict! What has happened to our veteran politician like Yousuf Raza Gilani? Not long ago he was the one who respected the right of judiciary to give verdict on the constitutionality of things. Why has he changed now?
Hassan Aug 13, 2012 03:36am
X.PM pls tell the nation first whats your source of income, buying three homes in DHA lhr built state of art house in multan and your expensive suits, There were times exactly 5 years back when you were selling your watch to sail through.GOD bless Pak !!!
sarcastic Aug 13, 2012 03:44am
Voters should be shortlisted - The ghareeb admi of the above comment should be made incharge of finalizing the voters list. The voters must vote according to the will of the above ghareeb admi.
ishtiaq Aug 13, 2012 03:46am
Mr. Gil is talking about which masses who will not accept supreme courts verdict showing the door to yet another stooge PM? Mr. Gil should know the masses didn't shed any tears when he was shown the door and let me assure him none will again if his successor too is shown the door because his successor hasn't done anything for the masses nor is he capable of doing anything for them. I will say good riddance if his successor is sent packing as I did when he was sent home. Keep dreaming about how important you or ilks are among them masses.
lakshmanan.p Aug 13, 2012 03:46am
Not necessary. Judiciary may annul it. Precedence need not remain as precedent , if the perception of the sitting judges differs.
sarcastic Aug 13, 2012 03:47am
I agree. Start with all the heads of the all the institutions.
sarcastic Aug 13, 2012 03:49am
And what did PPP sow against the Judiciary or other political parties?
Chaudhry Boota Aug 13, 2012 03:54am
Gilani is right, If its for the people to decide, i for one would vote for PPP next time. Judiciary is lenienet on terrrorists and on strict on politician (read PPP). Once again the forces of retrogression, establishment and jihadi mindset are out agains the political system
neutral Aug 13, 2012 03:57am
I am very much for justice but one thing that still does not make sense to me. May be someone out there can give some insight: 1. BB and Zardari are convicted by justice Qayum following the orders of sharif brothers. I am referring to the phone conversation between the shareefs and justice Qayum. 2. Based on this conviction, the then AG of Pakistan requested the Swiss authorities to investigate BB and Zardari's finances. Questions: 1. If there was no conviction by Justice Qayum, there wouldn't be any case in Swiss? 2. Why no body talks about the phone conversation of Shareefs with justice Qayum, the conviction by justice Qayum and as a result the Swiss case? What is missing here? Do we want justice? or Do we want Zardari as a whipping boy?
Aik-Paki Aug 13, 2012 04:08am
How come a convicted person advising the judiciary? This can only happen in Pakistan. Gillani even don't feel ashmed about his achievment as PM.
Mustafa Aug 13, 2012 04:24am
Dear Ghareeb, you admit that people have power but you fail to admit that people elected by people represent the people and derive power from the same people. Therefore, elected members of Parliament have supreme power. They can even rewrite a new constitution without seeking permission from anyone. Mr. Gilani is absolutely right when he says the President has full immunity from any judicial proceedings. Read what the constitution says: 248. Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc. (1) The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those functions: Provided that nothing in this clause shall be construed as restricting the right of any person to bring appropriate proceedings against the Federation or a Province.
shankar Aug 13, 2012 04:34am
Mr. Gillani is wasting his breath! This SC has blinkers on, can't see beyond its own importance & power! It is shameful for a government to write a letter to a foreign country to start enquiries against its president! SC, in its arrogance, is refusing to see the other side of the picture. If democracy is derailed again, the SC would have played a significant part in it.
Anwar Aug 13, 2012 04:38am
When a true democracy will be established!!! It was a misfortune with PPP and also with Pakistan when Zardari became President. For a single man, one prime minister has gone home and other is waiting his turn. Mr. Zardari overwhelmed good thoughts of PPP with his mysterious aims and PPP didn't performed well in his long tenure. Under current circumstances, Pakistani don't see good future but can only pray for better leaderships and changing people mind for vote. Regards
Khalid Rana Aug 13, 2012 04:39am
Be honost, show your assets and respect constitution and judiciary.Pl donot favour corruption.
Sarmad Aug 13, 2012 04:40am
I think Mr. Gilani will be remembered as the PM who disobeyed the law and not what he thinks. Not a single person showed displeasure on Gillani removal and the same will be the case with Raja. Only innocent jiyala's might fell in trap.
ufaquarian Aug 13, 2012 04:45am
u mean competent or corrupt ?
ufaquarian Aug 13, 2012 04:46am
does the elected government get a clean chit to do mass looting or save looters. CERTAINLY NO !! Welldone SC in this case. Give credit where its due.
Ahmed Jumma Aug 13, 2012 04:50am
Now is the time to save Pakistan. If PPP want clash with the judiciary then history will never forgive them. The Army tycoon Mr. Pervez Mushraf had power of Army and the Chief Justice had the power of people, who was in and who is still out. PPP has set example of corruption at its peak in the name of democracy while our Army is taking revenge from the people due to their support to CJ. If Army is sincere it must admonish the politicians to follow the Rule of Law and must standby with the judiciary in all respects, otherwise history will never forgive them.
Cyrus Howell Aug 13, 2012 04:51am
"The masses will not accept it… and we’ll resist instead of taking the decision lying down.” Translated: We are the masses.
ALI Aug 13, 2012 04:59am
Assalam u Alaikum According to the Constitution, No Law Can Be Made Against the Qur'an & The Sunnah. But the law of immunity is Against the Qur'an & Sunnah and thus UNCONTITUTIONAL We are all Muslims then Why is no one looking at it like this???? In Islam no one is above the law. Wassalam Wassalam
Cobrajock Aug 13, 2012 05:03am
It is not a question of who is right or supreme; both, this corrupt incompetent exectutive and this born again judiciary on steroids need to be sent packing. They have both played enough with the stability of the country, oblivious of the dangers that lurk. A short sweet surgery would be in order.
Aik-Paki Aug 13, 2012 05:07am
The people of Pakistan don't like a corrupt and selfish governmet who calls itself a democratic government. We nee true democracy not a fake one.
Az khan Aug 13, 2012 05:21am
Don't even talk about elected party and masses!! I am waiting for the day InshAllah when patriots will hold you all accountable and do with you what needs to be done with criminals!!
Hanif Butt Aug 13, 2012 05:27am
There may be lot of shortcomings in present government but going over board by others branches is also not helping democracy to take a healthy turn. We need to decide----are we looking for autocratic or democratic system in Pakistan? Whether or not we are educated enough to handle democracy, need to stick and improve upon it. Going back and forth will lead us nowhere. Isn’t our fault that not enough people are educated enough to vote right? The worst democracy is better than best autocracy, may be in any shape. We need to believe in the opinion of masses and we need to provide justice to all and every single person irrespective of creed which we have miserably failed and are gradually loosing the status of statehood ship.
ShaukatFarooq Aug 13, 2012 05:28am
I propse to our Honourable President of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan to issue an ordinance whereby The Chief Justice of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan will also be an elected person who will make judgements keeping in view the sentiments of his electorate.Impartial judgements are some thing strange to the EXECUTIVE branch who was used to judgements of their liking.Statement from an Ex Prime Minister of defiance to the upcomming judgement is in fact coduct unbecomming.
Abdul Wahid Aug 13, 2012 05:30am
Dear, If you closely read the wordings of this clause, the immunity pertains to the acts done in exercise of powers and performance of functions assigned due to their status. Does the money laundering through the Swiss bank accounts come under the scope of this clause?
Mahmood Aug 13, 2012 05:32am
Before we jump on to who is wrong and who is not…let us set the clear boundaries and then identify gray area…. We have legislative branch…that makes the law. Then we have judiciary branch that interpret the law and finally we have executive branch the implement the law….so if SC says that the PM is failing to implement a law…who is in charge of taking corrective measure…is it judiciary or legislative or executive branch… I can tell you it is not the job of judiciary….it is a job or responsibility of legislative branch …..Since they oversee executive branch… at any time, Member of Parliament can decide that the PM is no longer running the show…we need a different PM….so by constitution it is legislative branch who can make or sake PM….not SC. Now you can see whether you support one party or other, to remove PM and cabinet is by asking the parliament to make right decision or they will not be able to elect next time. If the argument is that the MPs and MNAs are all bought by these leaders, then we don’t deserve to have democracy…..let a Ganges Khan run the show
Khansahab Aug 13, 2012 05:33am
Without the supremacy of law and constitution, there is no power in democracy. The Supreme Court has the support of all the people of Pakistan, and if not, it should. The 'democratically elected' fuedels are misusing the terms of democracy and that has been the biggest challenge for our country, not the military or any foreign influence. Its time to elect better people otherwise the future is very dark!!
shaz Aug 13, 2012 05:51am
Does this mean that PPP has finally decided not to hold elections at all; instead, seek another award being "Shaheed" ?
Naeem Aug 13, 2012 06:04am
Yar all the politician are corrupt. Infact all the pakistanis are corrupt people. No need of any debate.
ch zeeshan kasana Aug 13, 2012 06:27am
Elected govt. should removed only vote not court i think court want to use 58/2b a
Junaid Aug 13, 2012 07:09am
Actually, the SC should disqualify and send to jail, entire cabinet and CEC of PPP so that we can get rid of them for 5 years. PM alone is not making the decision, the CEC of PPP is influencing him and the cabinet is endorsing him.
zia khan Aug 13, 2012 07:10am
The man who has set new records of mismanagement and corruption is threatening the judiciary. If what they have done and are doing is democracy then there is no harm in letting the third force to come in. The masses have seen the worst of democracy and judiciary must continue to deliver justice and punish the culprits withtout making an exception for the elite class. Pakistan will emerge stronger when we have taken care of the ruling mafia.
Nadim Ahmed Aug 13, 2012 07:11am
First of all the judges should take oath under the democratic government and all those who took oath under military government must be removed
Capt C M Khan Aug 13, 2012 07:33am
Judicary and Politicans are both CORRUPT to the core..Wake up PAKISTANIS and find an ADMINSTRATOR to get you out of this mess.
Shahzad Aug 13, 2012 07:46am
Above comments is the great example how much the nation is divided. Nation need to be one, thats the only solution.
Akram Aug 13, 2012 08:21am
why is the upholding of the constitution "Judicial Dictatorship"? That is a very biased way to view events. The law is supreme, not the PPP.
Kashif Aug 13, 2012 09:11am
SC should call for a new election this time as if this Government claims they are elected and represent masses then let them prove in elections that they have a mandate...
AkeenReader Aug 13, 2012 09:21am
Mustafa .... you seem to be living in a dream world like the govt. This govt was elected by bribing the poor which is the main problem in pakistan. So therefore your comment is incorrect in that people elected by people represent people. Educating pakistani people in the rural areas is the only way of informing the poor about the difference between right and wrong and when not to accept bribes for a vote. We need a drastic change in our apporach to politics and give new young politicians a chance. Your comment seems to suggest that SC doesn't know how to interpret the law which they are supposed to do but instead you are confident that this currupt govts knows much better.
r.s.soni Aug 13, 2012 09:23am
dear ghaeeib admi, i am sorry to say your vision is also gareeb. you don.t see don of judiciary, chief justice 's son collecting money all around and father displaying quran while hearing notice of his son
Shuja Canada Aug 13, 2012 09:16pm
Judges and Government both are corrupt in Pakistan and people they are also corrupt . Let them enjoy corrouption .