ISLAMABAD: Today will leave a significant mark on the pages of history, as Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will walk to the Supreme Court of Pakistan to lend his ear to the verdict in contempt of court case for not implementing the apex court’s ruling on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
A seven-member SC bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk on Tuesday reserved the judgment in the contempt of court case against the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and ruled that the verdict will be announced Thursday.
President's Spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar has reached the Supreme Court
Federal Minister Amin Fahim and AJK PM Chaudry Abdul Majeed arrives
Upon arrival Attorney General Irfan Qadir said the SC will uphold the Constitution in its verdict
Federal Ministers Ahmed Mukhtar and Makhdoom Shahabuddin arrives
PM's counsel Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan leaves his residence. Aitzaz said PM will abide by court verdict. 'It is possible that the court may refer the matter to the parliament.'
Firdous Ashiq Awan said since the PPP came into government the impression is being created that we are clashing with the institutions.
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Federal Ministers Farooj Naik, Babar Ghouri Riaz Peerzada arrive
Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah reaches the Supreme Court
Governor Punjab Latif Khosa said we expect fairness from the court
PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat said hopefully the court would acquit the PM
Information Minister Kaira said the government expects justice from the court
PM Gilnai's convoy left PM House
PM Gilani drove the car to the Supreme Court
PM Gilani's motorcade reaches the SC building
PM drove the car to SC's Judges Gate and then marches along with other cabinet members, lawyer Aitzaz and son Abdul Qadir Gilani to the courtroom
PPP supporters shower rose petals upon the PM
PM Gilani waves towards the crowd before entering into the building as he appeared before the SC for the third time in contempt case.
Seven-member bench enters courtroom
PM Gilani asked by the bench to come to the rostrum
The SC convicts the PM Gialani. He was punished till the rising of the court
Convicted PM Gilani left the court
He was convicted for violating Article 63(1) (g) of the Constitution. However, PM's counsel said apparently Gilani was not convicted under the said Article.
While talking to Geo News PM Gilani said the verdict was inappropriate.
President Asif Zardari has convened an important meeting at the Presidency at 02:00 pm.
Federal Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said the verdict will hurt the democracy in Pakistan. 'The country cannot afford any adventurism. PPP has always been victimized.'
The government will decide about to file an appeal against the judgement in a special cabinet meeting today.
President Zardari is reported to have been preparing to leave for Islamabad shortly.