Islamabad, The Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt of court case by declaring ruling of the Speaker National Assembly null and void in this regard.
In its judgment, the three member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the office of the Prime Minister stands vacant since April 26 this year when the apex court gave its verdict for not implementing court orders of writing letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The court also instructed the Election Commission to de-notify the election of Yusuf Raza Gilani, as Gilani is no more a member of the National Assembly, instructing the President to play a role for the continuity of the democracy in the country.
The apex court was seized with identical petitions challenging NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza s rulings not to send a reference for the prime minister s disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
A three-member bench of the apex court heard the identical petitions, filed by the PML-N, Tehreek-e-Insaf and others against the NA speaker s ruling over the disqualification of the prime minister.
The Chief Justice remarked that PM Gilani s conviction could have been suspended if it was challenged. Only the appellate court can review a judicial ruling, no one can wipe away a judicial ruling.