Pak EC issues disqualification notice of Gilani

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today issued a formal notice disqualifying Yousuf Raza Gilani as a Member of Parliament, hours after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so.

As directed, the ECP backdated the disqualification to April 26, the date that Gilani was convicted and sentenced for contempt after he refused to ask Switzerland to reopen corruption cases against the President Asif Ali Zardari.

"The Election Commission of Pakistan hereby issues notification of disqualification of Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as (a) member (of the) National Assembly of Pakistan with effect from 26.04.2012," the Commission said. Gilani was elected from Multan-IV constituency in Punjab.