Amidst calls by the opposition for Yousuf Raza Gilani’s resignation,Pakistan’s ruling PPP today pushed through a resolution in Parliament reposing confidence in the Prime Minister after his conviction by the Supreme Court for contempt.
The resolution moved by Law Minister Farooq Naek opposed any move to remove Gilani through “unconstitutional” means.
It was passed amidst protests within the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament by lawmakers of the main opposition PML-N. The opposition members tore up papers and shouted slogans against the Premier.
Gilani was convicted for contempt by the apex court on April 26 and given a symbolic sentence of less than a minute for refusing to act on orders to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
He has rejected demands from the PML-N to resign,saying only the Speaker can disqualify him.
The resolution passed by the National Assembly said: “This House reposes complete confidence in the Prime Minister as the constitutionally and democratically elected Prime Minister and unanimously elected Chief Executive of this country.”
It further said: “This House also wishes to reaffirm its belief in the constitutional procedure for the disqualification of the Prime Minister from holding the office and that any other procedure adopted will be considered unconstitutional.”
The resolution commended Gilani “for upholding the majesty of law by personally appearing thrice on being summoned by the… Supreme Court and showing great humility and respect to the apex court.”
It also expressed appreciation for the “firmness and dignity” displayed by Gilani in “upholding the Constitution and Parliamentary democracy in the country.”