Pak court dismisses contempt petition against Gilani

A Pakistani court dismissed a contempt of court petition filed against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 00:17 AM IST

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Monday dismissed a
contempt of court petition filed against Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani for making a statement supporting Asif Ali
Zardari`s decision to hold the posts of President and chief of
the ruling Pakistan People`s Party.

However, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High
Court remarked that Gilani should not have commented on a
matter that is sub-judice.

Ghulam Jillani, who filed the petition, withdrew it when
the full bench of the High Court headed by Justice Chaudhry
ruled that Gilani had not committed contempt of court.

The bench observed that the premier`s statement did not
attract contempt of court proceedings as he had expressed his
personal views which could not influence the court.

Justices Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, Umar Ata Bandial,
Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman and Ijaz-ul-Ahsan were the other
members of the full bench.

Jillani had contended that the Prime Minister`s remarks
about Zardari holding dual offices amounted to contempt of
court as the same matter is pending before the judiciary.

PTI