Yousuf Raza Gilani supports the CJP by asserting no need for resignation

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gilani has recently asserted that the demand of resignation from the Chief Justice of Pakistan on ethical grounds was baseless as there were no allegations against the CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Dr Arsalan.

The prime minister was replying to queries by a select group of journalists at a press briefing at the State Guest House in Lahore.

About Dr Arsalan’s case in the Supreme Court, Gilani dispelled the impression that the PPP or the military was the beneficiary of the case, which had plunged the SC into controversy. "The PPP respects institutions and it has no score to settle with the judiciary,"
he stressed.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry started proceedings against his own son, Arsalan Ifthikhar, yesterday as he has been accused of receiving a bribe worth Rs 400 million by the real estate tycoon for the purpose
of having sway over some cases in the apex court of the country.

Before the hearing, Iftikhar told reporters he was innocent and that the Chief Justice had told him not to return home till the matter was settled by the apex court. Despite the fact that Malik Riaz is the key person in the case, he failed to make an appearance
before the Supreme Court yesterday. His aide told the bench that he was in Britain for medical treatment. The tycoon is facing a number of cases in the Supreme Court. These cases were filed by a number of persons who have accused Hussain of grabbing large
chunks of land and merging them into Bahria Town.

Zahid Hussain Bukhari has been making an appearance on behalf of Malik Riaz in front of the Supreme Court.

On Shahbaz Sharif’s suggestion of using half of Rs 400 billion of circular debt on electricity, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani said, "No doubt unscheduled load shedding could be ended without any delay if all provinces share Rs 100 billion
each with the federal government – following the Chaudhry Shujaat formula – but the Punjab CM will not agree to it for his own political interests."