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PML-N to petition SC to challenge speaker`s ruling

Last Updated: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 16:41

Islamabad: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to challenge National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza`s ruling regarding Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s disqualification following a contempt case, in the Supreme Court.

PML-N MNA from Sialkot, Khwaja Mohammad Asif, will file the petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, reports The Dawn.

The move came a day after the Pakistan People`s Party announced its decision against filing an appeal before the apex court against Gilani`s conviction.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has also announced that he would challenge the speaker`s ruling in the apex court.

In his petition, Asif has requested the apex court to declare the speaker``s ruling "arbitrary, capricious and illegal" and "restrain" Gilani "from continuing to act as a member of the National Assembly and from exercising the powers of the prime minister, pending final adjudication of this petition".

He has also requested the court to "direct the Election Commission of Pakistan to expeditiously decide" the question of Gilani`s disqualification.

The Supreme Court through a short order on April 26 had sentenced Gilani till the rising of the court for "ridiculing" it by not writing a letter to Swiss authorities for re-opening a money-laundering case against PPP co-chairman and President Asif Ali Zardari.
NA speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza through her ruling had refused to send a disqualification reference against Gilani to the Election Commission, stating that the charges against the prime minister "do not give grounds for his disqualification".

First Published: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 16:41
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