Gilani says civil charge does not disqualify him from premiership
[Dawn] Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ...
on Thursday said the verdict of the Supreme Court against him does not disqualify him from the office of prime minister, as he did not commit any criminal offence by not writing letter to the Swiss authorities.
"The charges against me are not of criminal nature. In a civil charge, there cannot be disqualification," he said in an interaction with correspondents from local and foreign media, at the Prime Minister House here.
Gilani said he had followed the constitution and did not have moral turpitude on him as the article 248-1 of the constitution grants immunity to the president.
He said the clause regarding immunity had never been debated and interpreted in the country's 64-year history.
He said the Pakistain Mohammedan League-Nawaz (PML-N) did not show patience for the detailed judgment of the Supreme Court order to come. "I do not need their (PML-N's) recognition. We do not need the alternative options but will follow the constitution and rule of law," he added.
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