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ISLAMABAD: While hearing the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case on Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to submit a written response to the court on whether or not he will write a letter to the Swiss authorities by July 12, Express News reported.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, ordered Attorney General Irfan Qadir to get in touch with Ashraf and inform the court about Ashraf’s stance.

The court had already issued an order when a contempt of court case was underway against former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in which it was told to disregard the summary made by the Law Ministry and write a letter to the Swiss authorities to open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The federal government had asked the court to not implement the order yet as Gilani’s case was underway.

Today, the court said that a prime minister is not an ordinary person and that it didn’t suit him to say that he doesn’t know about the case and hence he should ponder over it and submit a reply to the court.

An application was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday praying that contempt proceedings against the incumbent prime minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf be initiated for giving a statement that he will not write a letter to the Swiss authorities.

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Karachi: Awami National Party Sindh president Senator Shahi Syed has refused to meet Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, .

Syed said he refused to meet the prime minister as he had not accepted his invitation of visiting ANP headquarters.

“We are also government’s ally and we should also be given importance, he refused to visit and i refused to meet him as we are in no need to have a meeting with prime minister,” he said

Syed was angry PM’s plan of visiting the Muttahida Qaumi Movment (MQM) headquarters Nine Zero. The report said the prime minister would visit Pakistan Muslim League-Functional headquarters Kingri House and the Nine Zero while he had invited the ANP Sindh president to meet him in the Kingri House.

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ISLAMABAD: Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan

Declared assets: Rs16.7 million

Political career: Former chief minister
of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa from 1997 to 1999; federal minister for railways in 2008. Also served as a senator from March 2003, but resigned in 2008 when he won the NA-17 seat in the 2008 general elections.

Controversy: Reportedly involved in a wheat scandal case. He remained in Attock Fort jail for three years.

Makhdoom Shahabuddin

Declared assets: Rs127.5 million

Political career: Contested his first election from NA-148 in 1988 on a PML ticket, losing to his uncle who contested on a PPP ticket. Recently elected chairman of the southern Punjab chapter of the PPP. Part of PPP’s central executive committee.

Controversy: Alleged to have issued unauthorised quota for the import of ephedrine as health minister. Anti-Narcotics Force issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against him, hours after he was nominated by the PPP as the next premier.

Raja Pervez Ashraf

Declared assets: Rs62million

Political career: Elected twice from NA-51, Gujjar Khan. Appointed federal minister for water and power after the 2008 elections. Was again appointed a minister in the recently-dissolved cabinet.

Controversy: Faces corruption allegation for receiving kickbacks in rental power projects and buying properties in London. The Supreme Court also directed NAB to take action against Ashraf for his alleged involvement in rental power case.

Qamar Zaman Kaira 

Declared assets: Rs57 million

Political career: Contested elections from NA-106, served as information minister twice – between 2009 and 2011, and in the recent Cabinet that was disqualified by the Supreme Court. Also served as minister for Kashmir affairs and Northern Areas, and acting Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Controversy: None.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman

Declared assets: Rs5 million

Political career: Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, a right-wing politician and cleric, and currently serving as the president of the Assembly of Islamic Clerics. Contested, and won, his first election from NA-18 in 1988. Lost in 1990 and 1997.

Controversy: Allegedly possess military land measuring up to 600 kanals in DI Khan. Allegedly won out-of-turn tenders for diesel supplies in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in second Benazir government.

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Islamabad: Pakistan former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani claimed to have made many records in his speeches during his 49 months and one day of premiership.

Beside his claims, there are some other records as well which Gilani made during premierships:

  1. Yousuf Raza Gilani, the first Pakistani prime minister who is disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
  2. He was the first prime minister who lost his post during legal battle.
  3. He was the first prime minister who was elected unopposed.
  4. He was the first prime minister who attended highest number of session of the parliament.
  5. NFC awards, Balochistan package, 18th 19th and 20th constitutional were made in his era.

However, the Pakistani People’s Party (PPP) considers Gilani’s era as biggest achievements but it made no change in the life common man as they are facing hours long load-shedding and inflation.

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ISLAMABAD: After losing the dreamy office of prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani faces grave consequences – dismal political future, possible arraignment for a host of alleged mega corruption scandals and acceleration of pace of investigations against his two sons for their involvement in huge financial scams.

The stigma of conviction on Gilani that will stay for five years starting from April 26 when Justice Nasirul Mulk led seven-member bench sentenced him till the rising of the court on contempt charge will debar him from contesting next general elections and even the following parliamentary polls if they were held before April 2017. The moment he will file his nomination papers in any election before the expiration of these five years, the returning officer will reject them on the ground that he is a convict and can’t stand for any elected office. No superior court is likely to give him relief till this bar remains in force.

As prime minister, Gilani used every trick in his bag to obviate meaningful investigations against his sons, Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani and Syed Ali Musa Gilani, for months. Now the two young men will be deprived of the powerful parental patronage from the highest echelons of power to annihilate probes against them.

One boy, who is a member of the Punjab Assembly, is mired in the Haj corruption scandal while the other, who is member of the National Assembly, is caught up in the Rs7 billion ephedrine import quota scam with the Anti-Narcotics Force advancing at a fast track to conclude its investigation. The Supreme Court is supervising both the probes.

Additionally, all Gilani cronies, who were inducted by him in lucrative posts for certain considerations, are likely to be dumped by the new man, who would bring in his own set of favourites. His outgoing buddies are expected to face different serious charges.

At the same time, the lack of wisdom and failure to grasp the Constitution and law on the part of the official legal brains led Gilani to the garden path when they counseled him not to appeal against his conviction.

The short order also noted this fact when it said since no appeal was filed against the judgment of the Justice Nasirul Mulk bench sentencing Gilani on contempt charge, the conviction has attained finality.

Right from the start, the official legal eagles took Gilani’s conviction very lightly and kept harping on the theme that the matter ended with Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza’s ruling not to send the disqualification reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). They also asserted that just 30-second sentence was not enough under the Constitution to disqualify Gilani as MP.

Even before the short order was handed down by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry led three-member bench, Babar Awan took the likely outcome as a god gifted opportunity to make a dig on his main rival, Gilani’s lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, by saying that people responsible for advising the prime minister not to appeal against the conviction would be soon unveiled. “No client would forget the lawyer who charged Rs100 as his fee as with this amount it is only possible to purchase petrol to reach the Adiala Jail.”

The saga of the notorious National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) that started with its knocking down on December 16, 2009 partially culminated with Gilani becoming the first major casualty and having been ousted from his coveted office.

While the April 26 short order of the seven-judge bench and its May 8 detailed judgment left some aspects unclear and certain grey areas, the brief ruling handed down by the three-member panel was abundantly clear-cut, explicit and unambiguous. It made the consequences and fallout of the conviction absolutely clear.

Gilani was hit by Article 63(1)(g), which says a person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, member of Parliament, if he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or the integrity, or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the armed forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has lapsed since his release.

Even now, Gilani has the option of filing a review of the short order, but there is always a very narrow scope to get relief in such pleas as the fundamental decision is not radically changed. Only errors floating on the surface of the original judgment are taken care of, which, in the present case, are apparently missing. Gilani doesn’t have the luxury of filing an appeal against the short order.

The short order interpreted the role of the Speaker, in this case, when it said the Speaker, under Article 63(2), exercises powers, which are not covered by the definition of internal proceedings of Parliament, therefore, the Supreme Court, in exercise of power of judicial review, is not debarred from inquiring into her order of May 25.

This means that while parliamentary proceedings can’t be called into question in any court of law, the speaker’s decisions as was the present one, which do not fall in this category, can be.

Article 63(2), which says if any question arises whether an MP has become disqualified from being a member, the speaker or, as the case may be, the Senate Chairman shall, unless he decides that no such question has arisen, refer the question to the ECP within thirty days and if he fails to do so within this period it shall be deemed to have been referred to the ECP.

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Islamabad: Pakistan Peoples Party, after the consultation of its allies at President House in Islamabad, has decided to appoint Makhdoom Shahabuddin as new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Sources said the decision was made in the meeting of the leaders of Pakistan People’s Party, presided by President Asif Ali Zardari.

The sources further said that the decision would be conveyed to the allied parties through telephone and the new Leader of the house of National Assembly would be appointed by voting on Thursday.

” Although Prime Minister Gilani raised concerns regarding the appointment of Makhdoom Shahabuddin but President Zardari assured him to set aside the reservations,” they added.

The president Zardari has directed PPP and allied parties MNA’s to fully participate in the Thursday session of NA.

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Islamabad: In the aftermath of Yousuf Raza Gilani’s disqualification from the premier office by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, President Asif Ali Zardari disregarded the option of early general elections and said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will announce the name of the new prime minister within 24 hours.

The meeting of coalition partners of the government was being held at the President House, Islamabad.

“President Zardari has recommended a few names for the premier office in front of the members of the meeting,” sources said.

The leaders of other parties of the coalition advised Zardari to avoid the conflict with the judiciary and accept the decision of the apex court.

President Zardari told the participants of the meeting that after consultation with the coalition parties, the PPP has accepted the court’s verdict and the  name of the new premier will be announced within 24 hours

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