Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to appear before the Supreme Court
April 25th, 2012 by Faisal Farooq | No Comment |
While addressing during meeting of the Federal Cabinet, the premier observed, “The court has called me for the third time and I have decided I will go in respect of the judiciary and we are satisfied with the input given by our lawyer and the Attorney General”.
The cabinet expressed confidence in his leadership, welcoming Prime Minister Gilani’s decision to appear before the apex court.
On Tuesday, a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk reserved its ruling in the contempt of court case for not following out its orders in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implantation case.
The court also directed the premier to appear in person before the bench on the day of decision.
The Prime Minister said he has always respected the rulings of the court and fully honor its decisions. The Supreme Court has summoned him for the third time and if any other cabinet colleague wishes to accompany him, he said he was welcome.
Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik while speaking to the media said the entire Cabinet would accompany the premier, when he appears before the bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk.
The seven-member bench had asked Aitzaz Ahsan, the counsel for Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to make sure that his client is present before the court on the decision-day.
Gilani has appeared two times before in the court and, claiming his innocence throughout and saying he had done nothing against the rules of business.
The lawyer had argued that the bench was not eligible to hear the case under Article 10-A of the Constitution, as it had taken the notice itself.
In the meantime, the premier has long been saying publically that he would not implement the court orders and would remain loyal to the president.