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Pakistan PM calls emergency cabinet meeting after court's ruling

(Xinhua)

14:54, April 26, 2012

ISLAMABAD, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was found guilty in a contempt of court case on Thursday, called an emergency meeting of the federal cabinet to review implications of the court's verdict, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

The Supreme Court found Gilani guilty in the contempt of court case for failing to act on its directives to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Gillani was elected Prime minister of Pakistan in March 2008 after his Pakistan Peoples Party won a considerable victory in the parliamentary elections.

A seven-judge bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk sentenced Prime Minister until the rising of the court. The Prime Minister was released after 30 seconds when the judges left the court's room.

Information Minister Qamar uz Zaman Kaira said that a cabinet meeting will be held shortly to review the 'consequences of the court's verdict and chalk out future strategy'.

"We will also hold discussion of political implications and its impact and legal team will review the legal aspect," he said. He said the verdict is a matter of concern for the party and the people.

Official sources said that President Asif Ali Zardari has also conveyed a meeting of senior ruling party leaders and coalition partners to discuss the fast emerging political development after the court's verdict.

The Supreme Court had been asking the government to revive cases of alleged money laundering against President Zardari in Switzerland since December 2009, when it cancelled a graft amnesty issued by former President Pervez Musharraf (1999-2008).

All corruption cases had been withdrawn after the ruling Pakistan People’s Party of President Zardari signed a deal with Pervez Musharraf in 2007 after nearly a year of secret talks.

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