ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) issued Tuesday a 42-page detailed verdict of disqualification of former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry himself wrote 42-page ruling in Urdu language. The verdict states that the disqualification ruling was finalized after the government decided not to file appeal against the conviction verdict by seven-member bench.
The elaborate order further states that NA speaker did not issue the reference. And thus, she exceeded her powers.
Earlier on June 19, a three-member bench, issuing short order, disqualified the former PM Gilani.
The apex court declared Yousuf Raza Gilani disqualified from holding a seat in the parliament from the date of his conviction on April 26 by a seven-member bench for contempt of court. However, National Assembly Speaker Dr. Fahmida Mirza asserted the position that no reference is binding, so she did not move Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against Gilani for his disqualification.
Later on, numerous identical petitions were filed against the NA Speaker ruling. Hearing the petition, the bench disqualified Gilani from premiership as well as the membership of the assembly.
Hours after the pronouncement of the short order, the Election Commission de-notified Mr Gilani as member of the National Assembly and declared his seat vacant. CNBC (Updated at 11:45am)