Meaning of Yousuf Gilani's presence in SC of Pakistan
Top five highlights of Pak PM Yousuf RazaGilanis day in court Pakistans Supreme Court on Thursday gave a brief respite to Prime Minister Yousuf RazaGilani when it adjourned the hearing to February 1. The prime minister, who appeared before thejustices, in person, is facing contempt charges for failing to pursue corruption cases againstPresident Asif Ali Zardari.Here are the highlights of what happened in court.1. Reprieve for Gilani: Pakistans Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani came out ofthe Supreme Court smiling today. The court has given his government time till February 1 torespond to it on the issue of re-opening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.2. Gilani seeks time: Prime Minister Gilani appeared in Pakistans Supreme Courttoday to answer a contempt notice. He sought a months time to respond but got a two weekrepreive from the court. it has exempted the PM from appearing in court at the next hearing.3. Gilanis statement in Court: The Pakistan Prime Minister toldthe court that he had the highest respect for the judiciary and that he could not think ofcommitting contempt of court. He invoked Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the founder of the PakistanPeoples Party and said even Mr Bhutto had been tried in court. This is the third occasion that aPakistani premier has been issued contempt notice by the Supreme Court. The other premierswho faced similar action by the court were Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. Mr Gilanislawyer Aitzaz Ahsan told the court that Presidents around the world enjoy immunity and the"Pakistani constitution gives immunity to our President."
4. Judge asks Gilani to reconsider legal advise:Before it adjourned , the court asked the government why it had been silent on the issue for twoyears. The court also observed that Mr Gilani could in fact gather records and documents that heneeded in two days and did not need a month5. Gilanis show of strength: The Prime Minister had a big, confidentsmile he made a point to drive up himself to court in a convoy of cars and ringed by a three-tiersecurity. He waved to the crowds gathered and then bounded up 30 odd steps to reach Courtnumber 4 for the hearing. Helicopters hovered above, and present in court were top leadersincluding Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, AsfandyarWali Khan of the Awami National Party, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the PML-Q and PunjabGovernor Latif Khosa.