ISLAMABAD, Apr 27: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, found guilty and convicted in contempt by the Supreme Court yesterday, appears in intransigence mood on Friday when he told the Parliament that it had the prerogative to remove him from office.
In a fiery speech, Gilani says “There is no law to remove an elected prime minister, parliament is the supreme authority and has the authority to remove me.”
Hurling challenge to his political opponents in the parliament, he says that he has not committed an offense, ‘I have done no wrong but I have protected the constitution’.
Showing a red rag to PML-N, the main opposition party ofof former premier, which vehemently called for his resignation, the PM says “bring a vote of no confidence if you can dare.”
“I am an elected prime minister of 180 million people. How can anybody orders an elected chief executive to quit office!” he says.
Taking his stance over Court’s case, he further opines that he has been punished for protecting the Constitution.
He says only the speaker of National Assembly has the authority to decide his fate and he would step down if she declares him as disqualified.
Feeling pride he says that he has been the longest serving prime minister of the country.
Earlier members of parliament from Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz staged a walk out from the session.
Meanwhile, PPP leaders and workers continued staging protest processions across the country denouncing the apex Court’s verdict against Gilani.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday convicted Gilani by ruling that `he is found guilty and convicted for contempt of court' and ordered for his imprisonment till rising of the court.
The verdict finds premier guilty of `willful flouting, disregard and disobedience of this Court's direction' in NRO case. "After our satisfaction that the contempt committed by him is substantially detrimental to the administration of justice and tend to bring this Court and the judiciary of this country into ridicule."
He was convicted under relevant laws of contempt of Court ordinance 2003 and Article 204 of the Constitution and confined for 30 seconds.
The country’s top Court has been insisting the he should act in accordance with its directive on NRO 2009 case by writing letter to Swiss authorities to re-open 1992’s graft cases against President, while he took stance that country’s president enjoyed constitutional immunity and could not be exposed to a magistrate in Switzerland while the corruption cases had been closed on merits.