Gilani might do an Indira

This is one of the most defining moments in the history of Pakistan’s democracy. Judicial activism has successfully triumphed today as the Pakistan Supreme Court stripped Yusuf Raza Gilani of Prime Ministership with retrospective effect for contempt of court and directed the Election Commission to issue a notification disqualifying him from the Parliament which was swiftly complied with. Now all eyes are waiting to see the next move of the reigning Pakistan People’s Party headed by President Asif Ali Zardari. Will Pakistan get a new premier? India too witnessed something similar to this when Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was convicted for electoral malpractices. Before she could be unseated, she declared emergency which many till date believe was a ploy undertaken to ensure that she wasn’t stripped off Prime Ministership. Is it time for déjà vu? Will the people occupying the power corridors in Pakistan embrace the judiciary’s decision with complete humility or will they try to snatch a sinister plot by meddling around with the constitutional provisions?

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