Supreme Court Disqualifies Gilani As PM
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani's aggressive political innings came to an abrupt legal end last week when, upholding the April 26th contempt of court guilty verdict of the seven-member bench, the Supreme Court disqualified him from being a member of Parliament and the Prime Minister of the country.
With his sacking, the federal cabinet automatically stood dissolved. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard identical petitions, challenging the National Assembly speaker's ruling whereby she had refused to forward the Gilani's disqualification reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The court in its short order directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to immediately issue the notification for the disqualification of Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani from being a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) with effect from April 26, 2012.
Following the SC verdict, Gilani reportedly drove to the President house for an all-important meeting of the ruling party and its allies without flying the national flag or the PM's insignia on his official vehicle. Only recently, while speaking in the National Assembly, Gilani had said that if the court disqualified him, nobody would need to show him the way back to his home town Multan.
"Since no appeal was filed against this judgment, the conviction has attained finality therefore, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has become disqualified from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution on and from the date and time of pronouncement of the judgment of this Court of April 26, 2012 with all consequences, i.e. he has also ceased to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan with effect from the said date and the office of the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be vacant accordingly," the court announced in its short order.