Yousuf Raza Gilani given constitutional protection
The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has recently made a move to protect the ex Prime Minister of Pakistan from any legal action that might be taken against him because of anything Yousuf Raza Gilani might have done during office. This has been done
by the issuance of an ordinance by the President of Pakistan.
According to the ordinance the decisions taken by the ex Prime Minister of Pakistan cannot be challenged in any court. The ordinance also stated that any agreements made by Gilani with other countries during the time between April 26 and June 19 would also
be given constitutional protection.
The Ordinance protests the ex Prime Minister in the following statements, “Any actions taken, orders passed, directions issued, advice given to president or appointments made by Yousuf Raza Gilani, shall be deemed to have been validly done. The provisions
of the ordinance shall have, and shall be deemed to always have had, effect accordingly.”
It said that “no suit, prosecution or any other legal proceedings including a petition shall lie in any court or forum including the Supreme Court” against any order made or functions performed by the former premier.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani was asked by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to write to the Swiss probe in order to re start an investigation in which the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was named for being involved in a money laundering
case along with his deceased wife Benazir Bhutto. However, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani did not comply with the orders of the Supreme Court stating that the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari enjoyed complete immunity both within and
outside the country.
The case which the Supreme Court of Pakistan has been urging the government of the country ruled by the Pakistan People’s Party to re start came to a stop by the signing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance during the time that the President of the country
was Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf. However, the apex court of the country had deemed the NRO as illegal which in effect called for the re starting of the investigation.