Gilani pleaded not guilty
Justice Nasirul Mulk on Monday read out the 2 page charge-sheet to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. According to the charged sheet Prime Minister had violated Article 204 of the Pakistan Constitution by not writing letter to the Swiss authorities as directed by the Court in its verdict of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case. Gilani has pleaded not guilty and told court that he will submit his reply on a later date after consultation with his lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan. Aitzaz Ahsan has also asked seven-member bench to give them more time as he will be in London from February 18 to 21; and before that he is busy in Senate election related activities in Lahore. Supreme Court (SC) has granted time till February 27th to submit his reply.
If Prime Minister Gilani was found guilty in contempt of court cases by the Supreme Court he may have to see the inside of the jail cell for six months and disqualification from office.
He dodges court concern that why he is not giving priority to this case. He responded that he is well aware of the importance of the case and that’s why it shouldn’t be dealt in haste. The court oblige Aitzaz request and granted him more time and also directed Attorney General, Maulvi Anwarul Haq to file complete documents related to all witnesses and affidavits by February 16. The court was adjourned till February 22.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan demands Yousaf Raza Gilani to resign from his post immediately. He question PM’s moral justification of holding his posting after being indicted with contempt charges by the court.
The Zardar led PPP government is not paying any attention to Court orders in NRO cases for the last two years. If Prime Minister was found guilty in contempt of court cases by the Supreme Court he may have to see the inside of the jail cell for six months and disqualification from office.