Gilani welcomes SC verdict on 2007 emergency

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 00:12

Islamabad: Claiming that his government
did not support the "unconstitutional" acts of Pervez
Musharraf, Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday welcomed
the Supreme Court`s recent verdict on imposition of emergency
in 2007, saying it will go a long way in strengthening the
democratic institutions.

"Thus the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
upheld the supremacy of the Parliament and has given full
credit to the stance of the present democratic government
taken up before the apex court," he said in his address to
Parliament.

"It was sequel to the stance of the federal government
that the chauvinistic designs of adventurers have been blocked
by revisiting the judgments validating the acts of usurpers,"
the Prime Minister said.

The implementation of Supreme Court judgment has
already started as that Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, who was
one of the members of fourteen members bench rendering the
judgment, has been sent back to the High Court of Sindh upon
the advice of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he said.

He has been appointed as Chief Justice of the said
court while Mr. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has been appointed
as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and administered
oath today, Gilani said.

The Supreme Court had on Friday last declared the 2007
emergency imposed by the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf
and his action of sacking 60 members of the higher judiciary
as "unconstitutional."

Gilani said 76 judges of the Supreme Court and High
Courts have ceased to hold their offices sequel to the
approval of the summary sent to the President of Pakistan in
compliance of the aforesaid judgment.

"The cases of such judges of the Supreme Court and
High Courts who were working on the 3rd of November, 2007 and
had taken oath under PCO who have not retired, their cases, as
directed in the judgment of the Supreme Court, are being sent
to the Supreme Judicial Council under Article, 209 of the
Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan," he said.
The judgment has also upheld the supremacy of the
Parliament and has given full credit to the stance of the
present democratic government.

"Thus the judgment of the Supreme Court would go a
long way in strengthening the democratic institutions and
block the way of any unconstitutional usurpation of the
people`s rights of governance," the Premier said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 00:12

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