Posted: 11:33a.m. IST, June 25, 2012
Islamabad, June 25 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has issued an ordinance providing legal cover to all the actions taken by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani between his conviction by the Supreme Court (SC) on April 26 and his actual removal on June 19.
The two-page ordinance is intended to validate all decisions, appointments and international commitments made by Gilani since the day he was convicted for contempt. The draft of the presidential order said it could not be challenged legally, including through a petition in the SC, reports The Express Tribune.
Any actions taken, orders passed, directions issued, advice given to president or appointments made by Yousuf Raza Gilani, shall be deemed to have been validly done, the ordinance said.
The provisions of the ordinance shall have, and shall be deemed to always have had, effect accordingly, it added.
It said that no suit, prosecution or any other legal proceedings including a petition shall lie in any court or forum including the Supreme Court against any order made or functions performed by Gilani.
Ordinances or presidential orders are meant to legislate urgent matters of public importance when either houses of parliament - the National Assembly (NA) and the Senate - are not in session. But the government is bound to seek what is known as a post facto approval of the ordinance from both the lower and the upper house within 120 days after they have been issued. In this way, the Constitution ensures these presidential orders become an act of the parliament and cannot be challenged or annulled by any court.
Several significant actions took place during the 55 days since Gilani's conviction to his removal. Most important among them were the passage of the budget for the fiscal 2012-13 and the appointment of almost a dozen and a half judges in the higher judiciary, including the SC. (ANI)