30 April, 2012
The Prime Minister Gilani was sentenced to imprisonment "Till the Rising of the Court" in a contempt case by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on April 26th, 2012, which lasted for 32 seconds. The released PM and his party do not consider his such conviction to have also disqualified him from being the member of the national assembly and thus no more the Prime Minister. According to them it is the Parliament and the Speaker who can disqualify a member of the assembly and the Speaker can take 30 days to decide after having received the reference from the court.
In the light of above, please comment:
1. Should the PM continue as the PM after his conviction by the SCP?
2. Is it correct on the part of PPP leadership to take this issue to the National Assembly?
3. What action is likely to be taken by the Election Commission if the Speaker refers the matter to it?
4. What course of action the SCP can adopt to ensure implementation of its decision?