Pakistan Observer

Respects judiciary

Friday, March 23, 2012 - Our Correspondent

LalamusaóPakistan Peopleís Party central Information Secretary MNA Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani always respected judiciary and believed in supremacy of the Constitution. Talking to the media here, he said all institutions should work within the constitutional limits and the prime minister was not pursuing the policy of confrontation with any institution. He said the parliament had prerogative to amend the constitution and could even bring a new constitution. Kaira said, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had submitted his reply in the Supreme Court through his counsel Aitzaz Ahsan as per law and the constitution. He said the prime minister in his reply maintained honour and respect for the judiciary. The prime minister had repeatedly assured that he wanted supremacy of the Constitution and law, Kaira added. Earlier, the counsel for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the contempt of court case, Aitzaz Ahsan said the prime minister expressed his stance in the case in accordance with the constitution. Ahsan while speaking to a local TV Channel said the prime minister was a defendant in the case and the defendant had the basic right to present his stance. Ahsan added that analysts did not read the 24 page reply submitted by the prime minister to the Supreme Court. The prime ministerís counsel said he was astonished that analysis was being given by those who had not even read the reply. Ahsan emphasized that Prime Minister Gilani had not insulted the apex court but rather had raised objections regarding the bench. When asked what would be the Prime Ministerís reaction to the Supreme Courtís decision, Ahsan replied that the matter was between the Prime Minister and Supreme Court. In his reply to the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Gilani had taken the stance that those judges who had issued the show cause notice should not have been part of the trial. Aitezaz Ahsan maintained as long as President Asif Ali Zardari is in his office, he will enjoy the immunity in all courts of the world. Replying to a question, Aitezaz said the corruption should be overcome; however, if no lawsuit is filed on it, so it does not concern him.

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