Pak Cabinet backs Gilani, says `no need to resign`
The Pakistani Prime Minister was greeted at the Cabinet meeting by thumping of desks by his colleagues.
Islamabad: Hours after the Supreme Court convicted Pakistan`s Prime Minister of contempt, the Cabinet on Thursday came out in full support of Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Gilani chaired an extra-ordinary meeting of the Federal Cabinet here after appearing before a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan this morning.
Extending full support to the PM, the Cabinet said Gilani has not been convicted of any criminal offence and need not resign on moral grounds.
Prime Minister Gilani was greeted at the Cabinet meeting by thumping of desks by his colleagues.
The Supreme Court convicted Gilani of contempt but spared him a prison term for refusing to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari, leaving the Premier in power but facing fresh calls to resign.
The ruling said he was guilty of contempt but would serve a sentence only "until the rising of the court," or by the time the judges left the chamber.
The ruling against PM Gilani added to political uncertainty and tensions between the government and the court, effectively crippling an administration that has shown little will to tackle the economic and security challenges facing the country.