Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that only the Parliament, and not the Supreme Court, has the authority to amend the constitution.
Talking about the summary sent by the Law Ministry on reopening of the Swiss cases, Gilani said that the Supreme Court had to look into many issues, including Article 248, before moving forward.
“Extra-constitutional steps will not be tolerated. Only parliament can rewrite the Constitution,” a newspaper quoted Gilani, as saying.
He said that the President was the supreme commander of the armed forces and a part of Parliament, and the Swiss cases were a part of the past and a closed transaction.
The Prime Minister categorically said that the government was not going, and it would stay to protect all state institutions.
He further urged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders to discourage people and forces conspiring against democracy.
“It is up to political parties to show maturity. Those who will not side with the democratic forces will become history,” Gilani said.