NA adopts budget, backs speaker’s ruling on PM

ISLAMABAD — The National Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution endorsing speaker’s ruling that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani did not stand disqualified after conviction on charge of contempt of court.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Sat 16 Jun 2012, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

The resolution came just as the Supreme Court began hearing the petitions challenging the speaker’s ruling. It said no ruling by the speaker can be questioned in any court of law.

Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had earlier walked out of the hall before another resolution was moved for adoption of the budget for fiscal 2012-13. The assembly unanimously approved the budget by voice vote.

The budget session was later prorogued.

During hearing in the court presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, ruckus prevailed in the court room when Attorney-General Irfan Qadir asked the Chief Justice to quit the bench. AG Qadir also criticised the chief justice and called him biased.

He insultingly rejected the conviction by a 7-member bench of the court saying: “The judges ran away after delivering the verdict.”

When he repeated his remarks the chief justice asked him to avoid use of words ridiculing judges. Several young lawyers rose up and shouted slogans against the AG and demanded that he be tried on contempt of court.

The chief justice also said that the court does not want to prolong the hearing of the case.

Gilani’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan said that he would like to submit the power of attorney on behalf of his client at which the case was adjourned till June 21.

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