NA resolution supports speaker’s ruling on PM
ISLAMABAD: The Lower House of parliament on Thursday passed a resolution in favour of its speaker’s ruling, refusing to disqualify Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani after his conviction in the contempt of court case, declaring that it could not be questioned. The resolution surprised the opposition PML-N that was protesting at the time the resolution was being tabled.
Immediately after approval of the federal budget, the treasury side rushed to table the resolution in the House when the opposition was busy creating a rumpus by assembling before the speaker’s dice.
The opposition was taken aback when Law Minister Farooq H Naek read the resolution after suspension of rules, and came to know about it only after its approval. The resolution endorsed the speaker’s ruling under Clause (2) of Article 63 of the constitution. It termed the ruling “within the ambit and scope of the function and powers conferred upon the speaker” and mentioned that the ruling was part of parliament’s proceedings that cannot be questioned.