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Apex court calls Gilani dishonest

world Updated: Jan 11, 2012 00:29 IST

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Coming down heavily on beleaguered Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said he is not an honest man, as it warned of action against him for failing to act on an order to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

A five-judge bench, which had taken up the issue of implementing the apex court’s verdict striking down a graft amnesty that benefited Zardari, said in its order that Gilani was not an “honourable man” as he had not lived up to his constitutional oath.

The premier had shown loyalty to his political party rather than the constitution, the bench said, piling pressure on the PPP-led government.

“Prima facie, the Prime Minister is not an honest man and violated his oath,” the bench said in its order.

The bench contended that the Pakistan People’s Party-led government’s refusal to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases of alleged money laundering against Zardari went against the Constitution and the Quran. The bench listed six options for the government, including action against the premier for contempt of court and declaring Gilani ineligible to be a member of parliament for five years — and referred the case to chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.