Yusuf Raza Gillani Convicted by Supreme Court in Comtempt Case

In a historic and remarkable decision today, Supreme Court of Pakistan declared PM Gilani as guilty in Contempt of Court case against him for disobeying court orders in NRO case.

A seven-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk announced the conviction violating article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution and for ridiculing the court. Gilani is punished for the duration of the court sitting time for the case today. “For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for wilfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court,” said Justice Nasirul Mulk (according to Express Tribune).

Punishment to Gillani seems to be minor but it will be enough to disqualify him and it has also limited his chances of becoming a political martyr or jail hero. I would say with a bit reservation that its not a bad decision but a bit wise one.

Hopefully, things will improve in the country and Rule of Law based on equality and justice will find its way in the country.

 

 

 

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Musharraf’s capacity to bear indignities—->Aziz ud Din Ahmad(The Nation)

To quote General (retarded) Pervez Musharraf’s own words:
(taken from: http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/FilesPressRoom/Interviews/317200730908AMJawabdeh_President23Oct06.pdf)

Jawabdeh Host: How will you exit?

President: I can exit anytime if I want to. If I feel that nation does not want me
and I have become unpopular, nation does not require me, I’ll be the first person
to exit.

Polls, Surveys and even General Elections in Pakistan won’t make him leave his seat. How shameless can he be?

Check this column for his complete absence of self-respect:
http://www.nation.com.pk/daily/Apr-2008/3/columns4.php

Musharraf’s capacity to bear indignities
Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad

President Musharraf’s capacity to bear indignities, provided he is allowed to retain his office, seems to be unlimited. While he has repeatedly said he is willing to work with the new government, he continues to be conveyed through unambiguous gestures that he is not acceptable to the newcomers.

On Monday he administered oath to federal ministers, nine of whom wore black armbands to indicate they would rather see his back than face. They told the protocol officer they would not stand up on the arrival of the president to slight him. It took the ceremony to be over in seven minutes after which they walked out without shaking hands with him. Earlier on March 24, at the election of the new prime minister, the National Assembly had resounded with slogans of “Go Musharraf, Go” and at Mr Gillani’s oath taking ceremony, attended by military top brass command and foreign diplomatic corps, there were again slogans that made Musharraf squirm.

On Tuesday there was another embarrassment waiting for him. None of the newly appointed cabinet members turned up at 13th Comstech General Assembly, the first international function attended by diplomats from the Islamic countries after take over by the new government to be addressed by Musharraf. As invitations had been duly dispatched to all the ministers this amounted to a calculated boycott. The unmistakable message was, well, we have other important things to do.

As if to give a lie to Rashid Qureshi’s claim that everyone other than Mian Nawaz Sharif was dying to work with Musharraf, all top leaders of the four party alliance boycotted the two oath taking ceremonies. And if this was not enough, he has reportedly been told by Dr Fehmida Mirza that the speaker’s chamber in the parliament under Musharraf’s use since 2005, would no more be available to him.
For full five years Musharraf refused to address the previous National Assembly despite its having been turned into a rubber stamp. He called it ill-mannered because the opposition which was being constantly steam-rollered occasionally resorted to anti-Musharraf slogans. He felt at home in the meetings of a pliant ruling party that he frequently co-chaired. He wielded the COAS baton like the magician’s wand to remove and install prime ministers at will. This is all a dream now. Used to playing with lapdogs Musharraf will have to live with pit bulls.
Majority of those who were administered oath on Monday have been unjustly targeted by Musharraf in the past. The idea had been to change their loyalties through pressure. The prime minister spent five years in jail on false accusations and was honourably acquitted by the court. Navid Qamar spent over a year behind the bars, Ahmad Mukhtar a year and half. Senior Minister Nisar Ali Khan was kept under detention for a year and a half, Ishaq Dar for a similar period, Khwaja Asif for over a year and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for seventeen months. How can Musharraf build up rapport with his victims who have returned to power against his wishes on the basis of a historic verdict?

February elections have brought a seismic change in Pakistan’s politics. Prime Minister Gillani says his relations with the president would be strictly in accordance with the constitution. In other words, the new prime minister would not allow him to make intrusions into his turf as he has been doing in the past. Henceforth the prime minister would deal with Bush, Gordon Brown, Manmohan Singh, Hamid Karzai, Wen Jiabao and others. It is he rather than the president who would address the UN sessions, Davos moots and attend summits. Gone are the foreign junkets and visits abroad to play bridge with friends that cost the national exchequer heavily. The voluntary reduction of expenses of the Prime Minister House by 40 percent is a signal that the presidency too is going to be required to follow suit.
The lawyers have vowed to converge on the Army House after the thirty-day countdown to evict him for being an unauthorised occupant, accusing him of using the premises for conspiracies against the elected government. Their leaders have already accused Musharraf of indulging in games to sabotage the Murree Accord. An unquenchable thirst for power has led Musharraf pocket one insult after another. It remains to be seen if his capacity to take indignities has any limits.

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhary Released–>Congratulations Pakistan!

Congratulations Pakistan!

Chief Justice Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary Released after months of illegal detention from 3rd November 2007 by the dictator’s government.

The newly elected Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gillani issues his first order as PM of the release of all the judges who refused to surrender in front of the dictator.

The genuine CJ of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhary thanked the society (while addressing a large number of members of civil society, lawyers community and political parties) of their great support for him and all the deposed judges and showed his expectation that they will also support them in future.

The SC bar president, Aitzaz Ahsan congratulated the civil society,lawyers and the political parties who supported the movement and showed the commitment to the cause and also he said that the main task is still ahead and that is the freedom of the judicial system and re-instating of the judiciary.

The decision is a real set back for the dictator Musharraf and his rule who made probably the biggest blunder in the history of Pakistan by illegally deposing the judiciary and committed high treason by first suspending and then illegally amending the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.