Supreme Court of Pakistan rejects Yousuf Raza Gilani’s appeal

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has given a total of 37 reasons on Monday regarding the rejected appeal of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan had appealed against the contempt of court charge that had been put up against him on the grounds of his office. More specifically, Yousuf Raza Gilani had appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for granting him special privilege
on the basis of being the chief executive of the country and as a consequence, show some restraint as well as leniency while reaching a decision on the contempt of court case against him.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan expressed its stance on the matter in the following words: “It is clear to us that PM’s claim to a ‘special privilege’ on account of his executive office, which seeks for him “greater restraint” amounting to an exception from
contempt proceedings, does not find any basis in our constitution.”

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani had been held in contempt of court for not complying with the repeated orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had been asking the Prime Minister to write to the Swiss probe
in order to re start an investigation concerning money laundering in which the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was named along with Bhutto.

The ongoing investigation against the current President of Pakistan had reached a stop because of the signing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance during the time that the President of Pakistan was Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf. The NRO was signed by
Bhutto and the Swiss investigation had come to a halt. However, the apex court of Pakistan had deemed the NRO as illegal which in effect called for the re starting of the investigation. Despite the repeated orders of the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister of
Pakistan had not written to the Swiss probe for which he was held in contempt of Court.

The argument presented by Yousuf Raza Gilani for not writing to the Swiss probe was that the President of Pakistan enjoyed complete immunity both inside as well as outside the country.