Posted by Zubair Khan
Court says Gilani has been ineligible since April 26. PHOTO: AFP/FILE
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible to hold office, Express News reported. The court said that he had been ineligible since April 26.
He has been declared ineligible to be prime minister ever since the verdict in the contempt case had been announced.
Gilani will not be a member of parliament following the verdict.
“Yousaf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan,” said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order.
“The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process,” he added.
Express News reports that Gilani can appeal against the verdict within 30 days.
Security in the Red Zone has been put on high-alert.