A day after his conviction for contempt by Pakistans Supreme Court,a defiant Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday dared the opposition to move a vote of no-confidence against him and said only the Speaker could disqualify him.
There is a custom that nobody but the Speaker can disqualify me. It cannot happen,there is no law or anything in the Constitution. Today if you (the Speaker) denotify me,I will leave right away, Gilani said in the National Assembly.
Gilani challenged main opposition PML-N,which has sought his resignation,to bring a vote of no-confidence against him. He contended the ultimate authority is the Parliament because every institution derives powers from the Parliament.
The SC on Thursday convicted Gilani for contempt for refusing to act on orders to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The government has said it will appeal the verdict while the Cabinet insisted there was no need for Gilani to resign on moral grounds.
Gilani said that he had not been convicted for financial corruption or moral turpitude, but for acting to protect the Constitution,which provides immunity to the President. Besides,he pointed out,the matter was not closed as the ruling was to be appealed.
Im the elected Prime Minister of 18 crore people. How can you just throw somebody out? he said.