Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Govt to accept SC interpretation on consultation: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani asserted that there is no room for the impression that the government wants to do away with the present judiciary, News reported on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

Addressing the national Assembly, prime minister said he was sincere that is why estored the judiciary through executive order.

He said he held consultations with the legal experts for five hours before his speech on the issue of judges’ restoration, adding the experts opined that the PM may be sought to restore the deposed judges through an executive order after tabling a resolution at the House floor.

This needs endorsement of the Parliament, he added.

The PM Gilani said the former President Gen Pervez Musharraf used to say that consultations may be held over phone, as the matter relating the appointment of Governor Punjab was consulted over the phone.

He said if the judges want to have powers to appoint the judges without any interference from the President, the PM or the governor, the government is ready to do so provided that the Parliament gives a go-ahead on this.

Gilani observed that the Parliament is supreme with all powers to legislate.

The decisions of the Constitutional Committee has nothing to with the present judiciary or the appointment of judges, he said adding these amendments will be applicable once they are approved by the Parliament.

The government will accept whatever verdict the SC delivers on the judges’ appointments case.

Also he said the government will accept the SC standpoint on consultations over the recommendations regarding the judges’ appointments.

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