PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Kiramatullah Khan Tuesday adjourned the session for five minutes in protest when he learnt that Supreme Court has disqualified PM Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Debate on cut motions was in progress, when JUI-F Mufti Kifyatullah raised the issue of the disqualification of the prime minister. Of the 52 demands for grants scheduled to be passed during the day’s proceedings the house had passed only one demand, for the department of Home Tribal Affairs, while Minister for Prisons Mian Nisar Gul was set to present more cut-motions when JUI MPA Mufti Kifaytullah stood on point of order and sought speaker’s permission for speaking on the new development in Islamabad.

When allowed, Mufti Kifyatullah termed the PM’s disqualification as a sad happening. Unfortunately, democracy had never been allowed to flourish in Pakistan, he said, adding that respect of judiciary is necessary but parliament is supreme too.

The constitution has set parameters for all the institutions and crossing the limits by any institution was very unfortunate.

In light of the SC decision, the prime minister will have to go, but now the chief justice too should tender his resignation so as to end confrontation between the institutions. Instead of personalities, institutions should be saved, he said. He said that use of the executive powers by the judiciary was not a good omen for the democracy. He said if judiciary could exercise executive powers, then, “let us legislate to hand over power to the judiciary”.

The JUI-F lawmaker said that since long there have been rumors about President Zardari and a propaganda campaign was run against him. Mufti said that at the time of the movement for the restoration of judiciary half of the nation was on the other side. He said that prime minister has been declared disqualified. But, on the other side no suo moto action has been taken against the Punjab chief minister, who is running his government on the basis of a stay order.

On this occasion, speaker announced to suspend the proceedings for five minutes in protest. But the session remained suspended for about half hour, instead. After resuming the proceedings, KP Minister for Health Syed Zahir Shah stood on point of order and sought speaker to adjourn the session for one day. Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain backed the suggestion. Later talking to media persons, ANP’s Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour cautiously said he would be in batter position to comment on Gilani’s disqualification after his party leadership makes a decision.

PML-Q’s Nighat Orakzai said that parliament is supreme and expressed surprise over the development. She warned against the derailment of democracy in country. She urged all political parties to join hands for strengthening of democracy.

PPP-S Provincial President Sikandar Sherpao said that stance of their party is clear on the issue and they had never supported confrontation among the institutions. He said whatever happened was sorrowful but called upon the ruling PPP to show patience. PPP Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan said that court verdict was a sensitive issue, so he would comment only after the party leadership takes a decision.