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- May 27, 2012 - Updated 2130 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said according to the law in Pakistan Dr. Shakil Afridi has the right to defend himself and should be granted access to higher courts. Prime Minister Gilani was speaking to Geo News anchor Hamid Mir during a special interview on Capital Talk.


Dr. Afridi a Pakistani physician recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years by a tribal court in Khyber Agency.


Prime Minister Gilani further said that talks regarding the NATO supply were ongoing with the United States. Pakistan had stopped NATO from using its territory to send supplies to Afghanistan following the Salala attack in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.


When asked about the issue of dual nationals becoming members of the National Assembly, the prime minister replied that there was no restriction on this in the constitution. Prime Minister Gilani questioned what would happen if the UK canceled the citizenship of Lord Nazir Ahmed.


"Pakistanis all over the world have the right to dual nationality," Gilani said.


The Supreme Court during the hearing of the dual-nationality case had suspended the membership of Farahnaz Ispahani because she was a US citizen and had given Interior Minister Rehman Malik till May 30 to present a certificate forfeiting his British citizenship.


Prime Minister Gilani’s interview on Capital Talk will be broadcast on Monday (May 28, 2012) at 8:03PM

Reader Comments
It reflects he knows nothing about the constitution of Pakistan or has gone insane. His statement need to be taken notice of by the supreme court as he may well can be tried in the court for this as well.

Saudi Arabia
The mental mind set of this Prime minister should be examined by psychiatrist. The man has lost his wits. He may well claim diminished responsibility on account of his mental health to avoid accountability before he is forced to leave.

Saudi Arabia
Any statement from this criminal and convicted man surely creates a sickening effect. We wait and pray for Almighty Allah's justice for this criminal.

Asghar Ali
In this context PM may give pakistani nationality to to Obama if he losses the coming elections, and make him PM or president

Bakhtiar Agha
Pk constituition is very simple can be downloaded on net however if we listen to PK experts they make it more complicated.

It seems this semi-educated thief now considers himself as the chief interpreter of the constitution. We might as well abolish the supreme court and save the country millions of rupees.

Shahzad Naseem
A traitor has no right to defend himself Gilani.

paki pride
very nice, Mr PM,you r denying the supremacy of judiciary and encouraging the criminals ,to show your loyalty toward 'your lords'.god bless over the country,aamin

Bushra Muzammil Tanveer
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