ISLAMABAD – Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani has said had his father been a judge, his brother Ali Musa Gilani would have been “out of jail on bail”. Qadir Gilani passed these remarks while talking to the media outside the Parliament on Monday. He said “My brother, Ali Musa Gilani has not been granted bail because my father is not a judge.”
He took oath amid slogans of Jiye Bhutto in the Lower House of the Parliament. Speaking on a point of order after signing national assembly member roll‚ the newly elected member of National Assembly lauded the role of his father as former Prime Minister, saying he struggled for the supremacy of the parliament.
He also called upon the members of the Parliament to get united for supremacy of the Parliament. He said that he has been sent to the House after decision of the “people’s court” through ballot after disqualification of the unanimously elected Prime Minister by the apex court. He said his father Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani worked hard for upholding honour and prestige of the Parliament.
He was of the view that Yousuf Raza Gilani was removed as Prime Minister in an undemocratic and unconstitutional manner and he accepted the decision in protest. He further stated that he was representing his father in the House. He also criticised those who appreciated the disqualification of his father by the apex court. “I would like to tell those who distributed sweets on the disqualification of the unanimously elected Prime Minister that Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is still present in the House in the form of Abdul Qadir Gilani,” he added.
PPP’s activists and Gilani’s supporters sitting in the galleries chanted full throated slogans as Jiye Bhutto and Gilani Teray Jaanisar –Beshumar, while defying instructions of Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi who repeatedly directed the galleries not to raise any slogan. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other parliamentarians also congratulated the newly elected member of the National Assembly during Maghrib prayer break.
Earlier, Abdul Qadir Gilani, who won the recently held bye-election from NA-151 after his father’s disqualification in a contempt of court case, reached Parliament House along with his supporters and PPP activists while chanting slogans in favour of junior Gilani and his father.
made a fearless speech and without mincing his words questioned, what he suggested, the different approaches being applied by the apex court – one for Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, son of the Chief Justice, and other for Ali Musa Gilani, son of the former Prime Minister, who too was sent home, albeit for committing contempt of court by willfully defying the court order.
“Had it been a court of their (Federal Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ali Musa Gilani) father, their bail applications would have not been rejected,” the newly-elected Gilani daringly said on the floor of the House.