PPP indecisive on filing appeal in SC
24 May, 2012
ISLAMABAD: After the ruling of the National Assembly speaker, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is indecisive regarding the filing of his appeal in the Supreme Court against his conviction.
Sources told our sources that the PM's legal team was divided over filing an appeal today (Friday) after NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza ruled that there was no question of disqualification of the prime minister as a member of the National Assembly. They said that most of the PM's legal team members were arguing that now there was no need to approach the SC, as the ruling of the NA speaker could not be challenged under Article 69 of the constitution in the apex court.
It is worth mentioning that according to Article 69, courts cannot inquire into proceedings of Majlis-e Shoora (parliament). The sources also said that the government had also feared that the SC, while disposing of the premier's appeal, might give clear-cut direction regarding his disqualification, therefore it would be better not to move an appeal against the court's April 26 order.
It has been learnt that consideration in this regard was going on within the legal team members, and it was decided that President Zardari would take the final decision about the filing of the premier's appeal in the SC after his return tonight.
The sources said that Aitzaz Ahsan might delay filing the appeal for a day for further discussion with the party leaderships. It is to be noted that the 30-day period for filing the appeal after the short order ends tomorrow (Saturday).