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Pakistan SC disqualifies Prime Minister Gilani

Posted by Admin on June 20, 2012

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Gilani was found guilty of contempt for refusing to ask Swiss authorities to re-open corruption cases against President Zardari.

Yahoo! India News – 10 hours ago

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding his office following his conviction in a contempt case.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had on April 26 convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt of court for his refusal to comply with the order to write to Switzerland authorities asking them to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

“Since no appeal was filed (against the April 26 conviction) … therefore Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani stands disqualifed as a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament)…,” said Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in a packed courtroom.

“He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan … the office of the prime minister stands vacant.”

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked President Asif Ali Zardari to ensure that steps are taken for the continuation of democracy in Pakistan.

Gilani and his government have refused to obey the court’s order to write to Swiss authorities asking them to re-open money laundering cases against Zardari. The government argues that Zardari has immunity as the head of state.

Gilani was convicted for violating Article 63(1) (g) of Pakistan’s constitution by a seven-judge bench of the court, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk.

Accused of graft, Zardari had been granted amnesty under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in 2007 by the then President Pervez Musharraf to facilitate his return home and, primarily that of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The NRO that granted immunity to politicians and bureaucrats in corruption cases was struck down as void in 2009.

On January 16, 2012, the court issued a contempt notice against Gilani for not acting against Zardari.

Gilani was indicted for contempt of court on February 13.

The case stems from what many observers say is a political battle between the government and the military, which has held the whip in Pakistan’s political arena for most of the country’s 64 years of independence. Many say the army is using the court to keep the government on the back foot.

Thousands of corruption cases were thrown out in 2007 by an amnesty law passed under former military President Pervez Musharraf, which paved the way for a return to civilian rule.

Two years later, the Pakistan Supreme Court ruled that agreement illegal and ordered cases involving Swiss banks against President Asif Ali Zardari re-opened.

Pakistan’s Constitution says that anyone convicted of ridiculing the judiciary is barred from remaining in office as a member of parliament, but experts said that it would take a long time to disqualify Gilani.

Gilani has been the longest-serving Pakistani prime minister ever. This is the first time ever in Pakistan’s history that a prime minister appeared before the court and was convicted of contempt.

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ISI may act if Afghanistan gets too close to India: Musharraf

Posted by Admin on October 28, 2011

http://in.news.yahoo.com/isi-may-act-afghanistan-gets-too-close-india-035842060.html

By Arun Kumar | IANS – 13 hours ago

Washington, Oct 27 (IANS) Accusing India of trying to create anti-Pakistan Afghanistan, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has warned that Islamabad’s spy agency will need to take ‘counter-measures’ if Afghanistan becomes too close to India.

‘Since our independence, Afghanistan always has been anti-Pakistan because the Soviet Union and India have very good relations in Afghanistan,’ he said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank Wednesday.

Accusing India of working to turn Afghanistan against Pakistan, he said: ‘We must not allow this to continue.’

‘We must not begrudge if Pakistan orders ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) to take counter-measures to protect its own interests,’ said Musharraf defending the Pakistani spy agency that US officials have accused of supporting extremists.

‘Now, India is trying to create anti-Pakistan Afghanistan. This is most unfortunate, and I am not saying this because I have some (Indo-centric) – and I’m anti-India. I know this through intelligence; I know this to be a fact,’ he said.

‘Today – and just to give you one proof: Today, in Afghanistan, Afghanistan diplomats, the intelligence people, the security people, the army men all go to India for training,’ Misharraf said.

‘Now they go there, they come back, they get indoctrinated against Pakistan and, may I say, over the years since our independence, Afghanistan always has been anti-Pakistan because Soviet Union and India have very close relation in Afghanistan.’

‘And the intelligence agency, KGB, RAW and KHAD of Afghanistan have always been in cooperation and talking since 1950s,’ Musharraff said.

‘So I think this needs a rapprochement certainly between India and Pakistan and rapprochement also between the two intelligence organizations: the RAW of India and the ISI of Pakistan,’ he said.

Describing current relations between the United States and Pakistan as ‘terrible,’ Musharraf said Afghanistan could plunge into conflict along ethnic lines after 2014, when the United States plans to withdraw its combat troops from Afghanistan.

‘Are you leaving a stable Afghanistan or an unstable Afghanistan? Because based on that, I in Pakistan will have to take my own counter-measures,’ Musharraf said.

The ‘adverse impact will be on Pakistan, so any leader in Pakistan must think of securing Pakistan’s interests,’ he added.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Musharraf says to return to Pakistan politics

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

Musharraf says to return to Pakistan politics ... Fri, Oct 1 06:29 PM

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said on Friday he will return to lead a new political party to tackle corruption, revive the sluggish economy and step up the fight against Islamist militants.

Musharraf, who quit office in 2008 to avoid impeachment charges, said he feared the nuclear-armed country could break up without a change of political leadership.

Pakistan is a frontline state in the United States‘ fight against Islamist militancy in the region, but questions about Islamabad’s commitment to the campaign have raised tensions between the two countries.

“When there is a dysfunctional government and the nation is going down and its economy is going down…there is a pressure on the military from the people,” he told BBC radio.

“There is a sense of despondency spreading in Pakistan. We cannot allow Pakistan to disintegrate. So who is the saviour? The army can do it. Nobody else can do it.”

London-based Musharraf, who took power in a military coup in 1999, denied that he faced arrest for treason if he returns to Pakistan, although he said he did fear assassination attempts.

“There is no charge against me, whoever thinks like that doesn’t know the reality,” he said. “There are other dangers.”

Asked when he would return, Musharraf said it would be before the next elections, due by 2013.

“I won’t wait until 2013,” he said. “The stronger I am politically, the more grounds there will be for me to go.”

He warned that a Taliban insurgency could engulf Pakistan unless the government takes a stronger stance.

“If we don’t curb it, there is a possibility that we keep going down and it could end up destroying (the country),” he told BBC radio. “If the armed forces of Pakistan don’t want that, it will never end up destroying Pakistan.”

Musharraf has talked of re-entering politics several times over the past year. Since leaving Pakistan, he has spent most of his time in Britain and the United States.

His popularity waned after he clashed with the judiciary and imposed a six-week stint of emergency rule in 2007 to thwart opposition to his efforts to secure another term. An alliance with the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was also deeply unpopular with many voters.

Political analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi said Musharraf’s prospects in Pakistani politics were weak — at least for now.

“Traditionally, military rulers have not succeeded in popular politics, including those who went to the opposition,” he said. “He’ll have to come back and demonstrate his support. While sitting in London you can’t really do politics.”

Political commentator Najam Sethi said Musharraf’s new party faced big hurdles.

“Musharraf does have a constituency but since the two mainstream parties, the media and the judiciary are against him, the short-term prospects don’t look good,” he said.

(Reporting by Peter Griffiths in London and Augustine Anthony in Islamabad; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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