Pakistan’s Cabinet today reposed “full confidence” in Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani following his indictment for contempt by the Supreme Court, even as he said he did not want to be a “burden” in any way for government.
The Cabinet “unanimously applauded the conduct” of Mr. Gilani in the Supreme Court and “reposed full confidence in his leadership” during a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Gilani thanked the Cabinet and said he was Prime Minister “due to the support of members of Parliament, his Cabinet colleagues and of the coalition partners of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party,” according to a statement issued by his office.
“I want to assure you that whenever you feel there is a burden in any way, then you have elected me...and I follow your decision,” Mr. Gilani said in remarks beamed by state-run PTV.
The Supreme Court on Monday charged Mr. Gilani with contempt for defying its orders to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland.
Mr. Gilani pleaded not guilty and said he would contest the charges.
The formal trial is expected to begin on February 28 following the presentation of evidence by the prosecution and defence.
If the Premier is convicted, he could be jailed for six months and disqualified from office.