ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will appear before the Supreme Court (SC) today to be indicted in contempt of court case.
The security around the SC building is high alert and protocol staff of the prime minister arrived at the building to review the arrangements. Bomb disposal squad also cleared the venue.
08:35 am: ANP chief Asfandyar Wali arrives at the SC building. Upon his arrival he said I am with Yousuf Raza Gilani.
08:39 am: Federal Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan reaches.
08:40 am: PML-Q Chief Chaudhry Shujaat arrives to hear the proceedings.
08:42 am: Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar arrives.
The SC on February 10 dismissed an intra court appeal (ICA) seeking suspension of proceedings for framing of charges against the prime minister, scheduled for February 13.
Seven-member larger bench headed by Justice Nasirul Malik would hear the case.
The apex court is all set to frame charges against the Prime Minister in contempt of Court case for not implementing the SC verdict on NRO despite several warnings. Heads of the coalition parties would accompany the prime minister. The SC administration has issued 50 passes to the prime minister secretariat.
The Supreme Court on Friday threw out a last-ditch appeal from the embattled Prime Minister.
If convicted, Gilani faces six months in jail and disqualification from office in a case that has fanned political instability and may force elections within months in a country already troubled by al Qaeda and Taliban violence. The Supreme Court has insisted that Gilani appears for the framing of contempt charges over the government’s two-year refusal to ask Swiss authorities to re-open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Zardari and his late wife, prime minister Benazir Bhutto, were suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder about $12 million in alleged bribes paid by companies seeking customs inspection contracts in Pakistan in the 1990s. The Supreme Court has said it will only drop the summons if Gilani obeys its order to write to the Swiss authorities, asking them to re-open the cases.
Gilani’s lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan has confirmed that the prime minister would now appear in court on Monday. Gilani said that if convicted he would lose his seat in the parliament and would automatically be removed as prime minister.