Gilani says he was disqualified MULTAN: Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said ex-chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry disqualified him unconstitutionally.
Addressing a lawyers’ convention organised by the People’s Lawyer Forum here on Saturday, he said punishment for contempt of court was six-month term, but he was disqualified by handing him down six-second punishment.
“I had appeared in the court making up my mind for spending six months in jail in case of being convicted for contempt of court,” he said.
He said if Karachi’s mayor could remain on his post while being in jail, a prime minister could also hold his office despite imprisonment.
He said democracy in the country was result of sacrifices rendered by slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.
“We acted upon the Charter of Democracy (CoD) during our tenure and then ex-president Asif Ali Zardari transferred all the powers to the elected prime minister,” he said.
He said both democracy and state institutions had been strengthened due to the transfer of powers to the prime minister.
He said his party respected the institutions and strengthened them, besides highlighting the Kashmir issue.
“Indian interference should be stopped in held Kashmir and we condemned autocracy in the occupied valley,” he said.
He said a large number of women were being benefited through the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) that was acknowledged internationally.
Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood, referring to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf protest said Imran Khan should play his role in the parliament instead of holding sit-ins.
“Mr Khan is doing politics on the basis of money,” he added. He alleged that state machinery was used to defeat the PPP in the local government elections in Rahim Yar Khan.
He said the PPP had still potential but it lacked commitment to its ideology.
He said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari would himself conduct the interviews of candidates for various posts of People’s Lawyers Forum.
Earlier, the stage made for the speakers collapsed when Mr Gilani reached the venue, narrowly escaping an accident.