Supreme Court sacks Gilani
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been disqualified from office and that the term came into force on 26th April. He has been disqualified for holding public office for five years.
April 26th was the day on which the Supreme Court convicted Gilani and sentenced him for contempt of court for failing to pursue corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari. Up until now the parliament had refused to accept the court ruling, but this latest move states that he has been disqualified as a member of parliament and therefore cannot serve as prime minister.
The ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) appears to have accepted the decision and says that it will meet tomorrow to appoint a replacement.
The government and the judiciary have been in conflict for some time and under Prime Minister Gilani there had also been clashes with the military. In addition to the current problem, the government is facing severe economic problems as well as energy shortages and problems in the North East of the country. In recent times it has also been at loggerheads with the United States over NATO supply convoys travelling through Pakistan’s territory to re-supply their forces in Afghanistan.