I can resign if parliament wants: Gilani

Islamabad, Jan 16: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has offered to resign after meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, saying that if parliament wants his resignation, he will hand it over willingly.

“If parliament wants, I can resign,” said Gilani.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice to Gilani, and asked him to appear before it on January 19th to present his point on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue.

Gilani is the second Prime Minister of Pakistan to be issued a contempt notice by the country’s apex court.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed President Asif Ali Zardari, Gilani and Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Fasih Bokhari to submit their replies in the same issue.

The apex court further requested the authorities to present details on progress in the implementation of its verdict on the same issue.

The Pakistan Supreme Court had also warned Zardari and Gilani of disqualification for upto 10 years for defying the implementation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) verdict.

Following today’s apex court order, Gilani met Zardari ahead of ahead of the National Assembly session.

He is expected to present his point regarding the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue in the Pakistan Assembly. (ANI)