The Prime Minister has decided not to file the appeal against his conviction by the SC after the ruling of the Speaker to not to send his case to the Election Commission. Apparently, the PM has been advised by his legal experts not to take the risk in filing the appeal lest the SC spells out clearly his dismissal and ineligibility to be an MNA in unequivocal and unambiguous terms in deciding the appeal. Whatever the reason, does it not mean that the PM has accepted the sentence awarded to him by the court that of “till the rising of the court” and thus stands convicted now.
Does it not say somewhere in the constitution that a con cannot be a member of any legislative assembly? Has he not, therefore, by virtue of it become unqualified to hold the office of the PM any more?
Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)