At the special meeting of the Federal Cabinet in Islamabad on Thursday‚ the Government and its allies expressed solidarity with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.
Later‚ briefing newsmen Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira‚ Law Minister Farooq H. Naik and Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said the cabinet appreciated efforts of the Prime Minister for abiding the law and the constitution.
The Information Minister said the cabinet noted that the Prime Minister has tried his best to take the political system forward with patience and perseverance. These efforts led to enhancing prestige of the parliament and the judiciary and strengthening of the institutions.
The Minister said the Prime Minister has not been convicted for a moral crime but on the issue of interpretation.
He said a section of media was already engaged in efforts to spoil image of the Prime Minister.
He said the PPP once again stands crucified.
Explaining legal aspects of the Supreme Court judgment‚ Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said it is normal practice of criminal trials that instead of short order‚ a detailed judgement is pronounced so that the accused is aware of every point against him. He said in this case a short order has been passed and its copy has not yet been provided to the accused.
He said the Prime Minister has been convicted for alleged flouting of order of the Supreme Court in the NRO case and alleged scandalization and defaming of the court. He said if it is proved that a Member of the National Assembly has scandalize the court then the possibility of disqualification can arise. He‚ however‚ said the charge against the Prime Minister was disobeying of the court and not scandalizing of the court. He said the charge of obstructing the administration of justice is also not there in the charge sheet.
Aitzaz said the Prime Minister is not disqualified at this moment.
The Federal Cabinet has unanimously decided to file an appeal against conviction of the Prime Minister in contempt of court case.
Briefing newsmen along Ministers for Information and Law‚ Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said he has been authorized to prepare the appeal.He said till decision on the appeal‚ the Prime Minister would continue to hold his office.
Replying to a question he said the Prime Minister Gilani is not disqualified at this moment. He explained that there is no automatic process for disqualification of a member of the National Assembly and if the judgement is sent to the Speaker then she will decide about sending it to the Election Commission within thirty days. He said there is also no disqualification if the conviction is less than two years.