LAHORE - Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Thursday that notwithstanding an “adverse” verdict by the Supreme Court, the Parliament had declared him as a “winner” by passing a resolution in his favour.

“I wanted to leave the Prime Minister’s House with honour and restore the dignity of Parliament. Both these desires now stand fulfilled,” he told reporters on his arrival at the Lahore airport.

Gilani said for the first time in the country’s history, an outgoing prime minister attended the oath-taking ceremony of the new premier. He claimed that the Parliament did not accept the Supreme Court verdict since it adopted a resolution in his favour.

He said the PPP gave the constitution to the country, thus there was no question of going against it. Gilani said he sacrificed to uphold the supremacy of the constitution and Parliament. “Had the National Assembly speaker or the elected Parliament disqualified me, I would have quit politics,” he added.

Gilani reached Lahore by a commercial flight. It is his first visit to the provincial capital after his disqualification by the Supreme Court. He said the judiciary had disqualified him, not the Parliament for whose supremacy he had dedicated his entire life.