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Four elements of “Dr” Babar Awan

(1) Dark past as a faithful of General Zia-ul-Haq,
(2) Hate speech against Ahmadis,
(3) Financial corruption (e.g., distribution of funds (bribery) to various bar councils and lawyers, charges of bribery in Haris Stell Mills)
(4) a fake PhD

ye chaar anaasir hon to bantaa he Babar Awan

Statement against Ahmadis

Source: Express

Fake PhD Degree

Here is a recent news report from today’s Dawn:

Status of Babar Awan’s alma mater in doubt
By Anwar Iqbal
Source: Dawn, 12 Jul, 2010

WASHINGTON: The university from where Law Minister Babar Awan claims to have done his PhD is banned in the United States from issuing any degree and cannot even claim that it is a legal educational institution.

Long before the dispute over fake degrees became a political issue in Pakistan, the Circuit Court of the First Circuit in the State of Hawaii, declared that the University of Monticello was a non-recognised and non-chartered university.

The university previously claimed that it was based in Hawaii, which prompted the court to issue this order (No. 99-2769-07) on March 13, 2000.

The court banned the university from “representing, directly or by implication, that they offer real learning, real achievement, real recognition, real accreditation, real degrees and real value”.

The Monticello University is also banned from “representing, directly or by implication, that they have staff, faculty and personnel”.

The court also ordered Mr Awan’s alma mater from claiming “directly or by implication, that Monticello is a legally qualified, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher education, in the State of South Dakota and Hawaii, and that its degrees have the legal status as degrees from any other legally-qualified American university”.

The Monticello University and other institutions associated with it, and their agents, employees and successors, directly or indirectly, individually or in concert with others, or through any corporate or other device, were permanently enjoined from: “Publishing, printing or disseminating any advertising, catalogues, promotional materials and/or written contracts for instructions” and from “representing, directly or by implication, that they are accredited in any fashion or that they operate under the laws or authority of the State.”

The university was also prevented from claiming that it had other member schools. The Monticello group was also forbidden from claiming that major international companies approve or endorse degrees from them.

They were ordered not to claim that Monticello “complies with all local, city, county, municipal, state and federal regulations”.

The Monticello University was ordered to declare that it does “utilise erroneous or misleading advertising”.

The Monticello group was also ordered to disclose that only one individual was responsible for all operations of nine schools: Locke School of Management, Roosevelt School of Public Administration, Churchill School of History & Government, DeTocqueviIle School of Educational Policy and Leadership, Franklin School of Social Sciences, Kennedy School of Criminal Justice, Dag Hammarskjold School of Diplomacy & International Studies, King’s College & Seminary and Monticello University School of Law.

The same individual was also responsible for teaching 425 courses in 14 separate disciplines.

The Monticello University was also ordered not to hide that it was not approved by the American Bar Association and that its degree holders were not qualified to sit for the bar examination in most states.

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The following update is only for archiving:

Ijaz recalls Babar Awan’s love for his dad

Ahmad Noorani
Thursday, April 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: “Babar Awan was General Ziaul Haq’s energetic activist during his lifetime and even after his death. When PPP chief Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was in jail, Babar demanded hanging of Bhutto in public protests and distributed sweets in Rawalpindi courts on the day of his execution,” Ijazul Haq, the son of the third military ruler, confirmed to The News.

Babar Awan, however, declined to comment on the issue. Ijazul Haq also released to the media four pictures of a rally in Rawalpindi on Gen Zia’s anniversary in which Ijazul Haq and Babar Awan both made speeches.

Though different contemporaries of Awan used to narrate these stories and show extreme astonishment over Awan’s statements in praise of Bhutto, as during more than two and a half decades and till mid-90s, he always blasted ZAB and even abused him at times in different public rallies.

He also ran continuous protest campaigns demanding capital punishment for the revolutionary founding chairman of PPP when the latter was in jail in a murder case. But, now the relevant man, the son of Ziaul Haq and head of Zia-followers in Pakistan, has come on record and has confirmed Babar Awan’s heartiest affiliation with his father and enmity and hatred Awan always had in his heart for Bhutto. Ijazul Haq made many revelations during his exclusive interview with The News.

Ijazul Haq disclosed that Awan remained attached with him during the entire rule of his father and remained an activist against Bhutto. He said that Awan demanded public hanging of Bhutto and when ZAB was hanged, Babar was very happy and went to Rawalpindi courts where he distributed sweets among the lawyers.

He said that later he remained a sympathiser of his father. “Babar remained very active after my father’s death and used to conduct the proceedings of the anniversary of Shaheed Ziaul Haq as stage secretary,” said Ijazul Haq. He said that Babar Awan was given the honour to conduct the proceedings of the first death anniversary of his father as stage secretary on August 17, 1989.

Ijaz said that Awan’s love for his father further increased after his (Ziaul Haq) death as Babar became politically active. He said that Babar accompanied him to different processions and played ka ey role in success of Lal Kurti procession in the early 90s. Ijazul Haq disclosed that Babar Awan also invited him to his native village Matore (near Kahuta) to address a big public gathering to glorify the role of his father.

Ijaz said that Awan often used to visit the grave of his father to offer Fateha. Senior political leaders say that Babar remains with those who are in power and when they lose power and glory, he would look for the next party.

Babar Awan was repeatedly contacted for his version but he did not come on line on his cell and residence numbers. But when media persons asked Awan outside the Supreme Court building on Wednesday about distributing sweets on Bhutto’s hanging, he did not deny and simply said: ‘No comments’.

Source: The News, http://thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=41593&Cat=2&dt=4/14/2011



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  • Quite a venomous little posting, Abdul!
    I have no clue why is everyone in media so much infatuated with Babar Awan. I have no interest in him being a PHd or not. All I know is that for the last 14 years, I have seen him with the party through being a lawyer of MBB. He has contested general elections on a party ticket in 2002 from NA-48 getting around 28k votes. Sticking with the party in opposition for two consective regimes should be suitable evidence of steadfastedness.
    As far as PHD is concerned, the requirement of a degree is that of a graduation. In order to sort this matter out, it is best for someone to see the nomination form submitted by him as a senator. if he has stated himself to be a PHD and submitted the degree then he is liable else, if his LLB is there, there shouldnt be an issue and that should settle the matter.

  • Playing The “Qadiani” Card
    Submitted by Usman

    It is a well known phenomenon that in Pakistan whenever any person or party desires to discredit a public figure (usually for political motives) one of the ways of doing so is to declare him/her a “Qadiani” or at least show his/her connections to the “Qadianis”. I think even General Zia was once accused of this (perhaps explaining his zeal to enact anti-Ahmadi legislations). Now a new trend has emerged, whereby allegedly corrupt politicians are now playing the “Qadiani” card to save themselves.

    A senior PPP leader and a sitting minister was recently accused of taking Rs. 35 million in bribes (www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25765).

    Note that the accusation was made under oath in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Now in any civilized country a minister, if faced with such a shameful scenario, would immediately resign and officially clear his name before even daring to run for public office again. But in Pakistan the said minister has promptly declared that this is all a “Qadiani” conspiracy (www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25800), because he is apparently a major “hurdle” in the “nefarious designs” of the Qadianis. He then elaborates that this has something to do with his pro-blasphemy law stance (notorious for resulting in persecution of minorities including murder) and him being “Wakeel-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Aseer-e-Namus-e-Khatm-e-Rusul”.

    In the end he says that he is ready to “offer any sacrifice for the defence of Islamic status of the constitution and honour of the holy Prophet (PBUH) and such tactics could not deprive him of this honour.” It is actually quite sad that a Govt. Minister accused of financial corruption (in a poor country which has one of the highest rates of child mortality this is a horrendous and inhuman crime) is linking the accusation to an attack on the honour of The Holy Prophet (pbuh). May Allah have mercy. Some one famous said (I can’t remember who): “Religion is the last refuge of the scoundrel”!

    I also look at this as another “Zour avar humla”; that a person who is “Wakeel-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat” is being publicly exposed as corrupt and dishonest.

    http://ahmadiyya.org/WordPress/2009/11/26/playing-the-qadiani-card/

    ‘Qadiani lobby’ behind campaign against Babar: spokesman

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    RAWALPINDI: A spokesman for Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and senior advocate Dr Babar Awan has alleged that the recent campaign against Mr Awan has been launched at the behest of “Qadiani lobby”, which considers him a hurdle in its nefarious designs.

    In a press release, the spokesman said the minister strongly resisted a conspiracy to abolish Islamic clauses from the constitution and changing its name, besides becoming a strong barrier against a campaign for repealing “Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat” law (anti-blasphemy law). The efforts of Dr Awan on the one hand foiled the attempts of this lobby, but on the other hand boiled anger against him, which is evident from the accusations against him, he added. People know the background of Dr Babar Awan, he said and added that he had the honour of being “Wakeel-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat” and “Aseer-e-Namus-e-Khatm-e-Rusul” in the past and considered it his lifetime achievement.

    The spokesman said Dr Babar Awan was ready to respond to such charges in future and made it clear to his critics that he was ready to offer any sacrifice for the defence of Islamic status of the constitution and honour of the holy Prophet (PBUH) and such tactics could not deprive him of this honour.

    Source: The News http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25800

    Awan’s spokesman has already termed it a conspiracy against the minister by the ‘Qadiani lobby’. NAB has, however, already summoned Babar Awan and all others charged by Shaikh Afzal of taking bribes in the BoP Rs9 billion Haris Steel loan case to win over Dogar court in favour of the accused. His promotion as Law Minister came within a few days of NAB action against him and others. Interestingly, NAB has now been brought under the control of Babar Awan following his elevation as Law Minister.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26149

    ….

    A comment:
    This is simply ridiculous. Who is qadiani and what is their connection with this case? It was this lobby who made arrests in Malaysia and brought back defaulters or it was Supreme Court? and why this lobby is also pointing towards Pirzada and Qayyum because you are the only champion of Khatam-e-nabuwat so why to include them also? (LetsDoit commenting here: http://pkpolitics.com/discuss/topic/now-qadiani-lobbywhat-a-joker)

  • Ayaz Amir: My friend Dr Babar Awan — as a colleague in Parliament he is a friend — holds a doctorate from Montecello University, a university whose existence even the keenest geographers have had a hard time discovering. Still the doctor insists his doctorate — no doubt in higher jurisprudence — is genuine. It has now been revealed in a deposition before the Supreme Court by the principal defendant in the Haris Steel Mills case that Dr Babar Awan received four crore rupees, from any angle not a piddling sum, half in legal fees and half on the assurance that the Dogar Supreme Court — alas, no more — would deliver a favourable verdict. Instead of denying the allegation, or explaining it in some other way, as lesser morals might have done, Dr Babar Awan says this is all a Qadiani conspiracy against him because he is such a champion of the Khatam-e-Nabuwat movement.

    The tempest strikes — and leaves the presidency bare

    Islamabad diary

    Friday, December 18, 2009
    Ayaz Amir
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=213886

  • Awan’s spokesman has already termed it a conspiracy against the minister by the ‘Qadiani lobby’. NAB has, however, already summoned Babar Awan and all others charged by Shaikh Afzal of taking bribes in the BoP Rs9 billion Haris Steel loan case to win over Dogar court in favour of the accused. His promotion as Law Minister came within a few days of NAB action against him and others. Interestingly, NAB has now been brought under the control of Babar Awan following his elevation as Law Minister.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26149

  • ‘Babar Awan took four crore in the name of judges’

    Wednesday, 09 Jun, 2010

    Son of the owner of Haris Steel Mills, Sheikh Haris addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club. — Online

    LAHORE: Fariha Afzal, a wife of Sheikh Afzal who was the main culprit in Haris Steel Mill case, accused Federal Law Minister Babar Awan of taking rupees four crore in the name of judges.

    While addressing a press conference in Lahore on Wednesday, Fariha said that Aitzaz Ahsan charged one and half crore rupees fee for the case and clarified that he would not appear in the court if Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry would hear the case.

    She clarified that she had not blamed Ahsan.

    Fariha claimed that NAB officials were asking for 25 crore rupees as a bribe for the bail. She expressed her full confidence on Tariq Khosa. — DawnNews

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-babar+awan+took+four+crore+in+the+name+of+judges-hs-03

  • Revealing details in Haris Steel case presented in SC

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009
    By Ansar Abbasi

    ISLAMABAD: The NAB report presented before the Supreme Court in the Haris Steel case on Monday said there exist no allegations against Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, but said none of the five top lawyers, including Law Minister Babar Awan, summoned by the bureau for allegedly taking bribe from the Haris Steel owners, had joined the investigations.

    The report said the five lawyers — Babar Awan, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Wasim Sajjad, Ali Wasim and Malik Muhammad Qayyum — faxed to NAB their written statements following which the bureau issued them second notice to complete the investigation.

    ……….

    Shaikh Afzal added: “The three counsels appeared before honourable Lahore High Court for various writ petitions filed by the Haris group at various dates (June 2008 onwards). On the 1st date of hearing, Mr Wasim was perhaps out of the country; therefore, Mr Ali Sajjad (Wasim Sajjad’s son) appeared before the LHC. But when NAB again conducted search of my office on 24.06.2008, I once again asked Mr Irfan Qadir as to why they (Pirzada and Sajjad) were not able to stop all this. Mr Irfan Qadir again suggested that we should engaged Mr Babar Awan who may have some influence in the courts. Mr Irfan Qadir negotiated with Mr Babar Awan and informed me that he (Mr Babar Awan) was ready to contest our case for an amount of Rs5 million as legal fee till the finalisation of the case. Mr Babar Awan appeared before the LHC on behalf of the Haris group. The legal fee was paid to Mr Babar Awan through Mr Irfan Qadir.”

    …….

    About Babar Awan, Shaikh Afzal said, “During July 2008 Qayyum informed me that Babar Awan is his friend, a senator and it is necessary to pay him over and above the agreed amount of Rs5 million which had already been paid. Qayyum further informed that Babar Awan was sitting with the then… of the Supreme Court and he (Qayyum) happened to be there. He quoted Babar Awan telling the judges that this case should be decided in our favour. Qayyum argued Awan had a great influence; therefore, more amounts should be paid to him.”

    Afzal said, “I asked Irfan Ali, my manager, to deliver Rs3 million to Malik Qayyum for onward submission to Awan. After this Awan started appearing in the Supreme Court regularly. I also asked Qayyum to deliver Rs2 million to Awan from the amount already held by Mr Malik Qayyum.”

    Later on, according to Shaikh Afzal, “Qayyum told me that he could manage a guaranteed deal with Awan for an amount of Rs35 million. It was the time when the case was being ordered to be transferred back to the LHC. I allowed him to deliver Rs15 million to Awan which he confirmed me. I also called Awan who told me that apart from his legal fee of Rs5 million he would charge Rs35 million and assured that he had discussed the case with judges and the case will be quashed within 15 days.” Shaikh Afzal said the amount was duly paid to Awan.”

    Afzal said on his desire Awan also visited him in the UAE while all travelling and other expenditures were borne by him. About this Afzal said, “Awan arrived in Dubai during Ramazan of 2008. I received him in Grand Hyatt Hotel and arranged a room in Grand Hyatt for one night. I had meeting with him in the presence of my son Haris Afzal. My secretary was also there for sometime. Awan assured that after payment of full amount of deal, the case will be quashed by the IHC and if appealed by NAB, the same will be decided in our favour from the Supreme Court within 15 days as per pretended that he had settled all the matters with the judges.”

    Afzal said, “Awan asked for more amounts for shopping. He was given 50,000 UAE Dirham. Haris my son accompanied him to different shopping centres. When they returned Awan told me that he had spent 65,000 Dirham. I paid him another 15,000 Dirham more. Awan also informed me that Qayyum had got commission of Rs6 million of the payments made to him (Awan).”

    Shaikh Afzal added, “When Qayyum resigned as attorney-general, I demanded my amount back as my case was not quashed. He returned me Rs50 million through Sami. However, an amount of Rs20 million is due on him.”

    Afzal said after Babar Awan became minister, he refused to appear on behalf of the Haris group and also started avoiding me and never attended my phone.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=214646

  • Pak minister bribes lawyers

    Islamabad, June 30, 2010First Published: 00:03 IST(30/6/2010)
    Last Updated: 00:34 IST(30/6/2010)

    Every day he boards a chartered plane and visits cities and towns across the country. In every visit, he ends up paying millions to the people he meets. This is Pakistan’s law minister, Dr Babar Awan. His assignment: to sow seeds of discord amongst Pakistan’s lawyer community so that bar associations all over the country do not support the chief

    ice when the confrontation starts between the executive and the judiciary.
    Babar Awan says that he is distributing money because “he feels for the welfare of the lawyers.”

    But he cannot explain why funds have been increased manifold for this cause in this year’s budget. All he says is that government “always funded lawyer organisations.”

    Several million rupees are being spent by the government of President Asif Zardari to buy the loyalties of the lawyer community or at least create dissent in their ranks.

    “This is being done so that the legal community, which is strongly behind the chief justice, gives up its support,” said Tariq Mehmood, a sitting judge said.

    Abid Sher Ali of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N party (PML-N) says that the President is playing “dirty politics.”

    He says that the practice of making payments to bar associations across the country “is illegal and unethical.”

    Ali says that the President will end up “creating a judicial crisis” if he persists with the practice of buying off lawyers.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pak-minister-bribes-lawyers/Article1-565090.aspx

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    Pak Law Minister’s brazen ‘bribe’ to prolong rule refused by lawyer

    Sat Jul 03 2010 11:01:28 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time) by ANI

    Lahore, July 3 (ANI): Pakistan Law Minister Babar Awan had to face a humiliating situation when a lawyer rejected to accept a reward of 50,000 rupees from him on Saturday, alleging that the minister was trying to buy lawyers with money.

    According to reports, during his visit to the Patoki Bar, Awan announced a reward of 50,000 rupees for senior lawyer Yasin.

    However, Yasin refused to accept the prize money and accused the government of buying the lawyers to prolong its rule.

    “Every lawyer is not a commodity on sale,” The Nation quoted Yasin, as saying.

    “Babar Awan Sahib, you are to me like elder brother. Years ago, the policy had it ‘to divide and rule’, which has turned now into ‘buy and rule’,” he added. (ANI)

    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/south-asia/pak-law-ministers-brazen-bribe-to-prolong-rule-refused-by-lawyer_100390032.html

  • PPP lawyers split, demand sacking of Babar Awan

    Thursday, January 28, 2010
    By Umar Cheema

    ISLAMABAD: The People’s Lawyers Forum (PLF) has rebelled against its own Law Minister Babar Awan and has demanded his sacking by President Asif Zardari, saying he is pursuing an anti-party policy and that he is a relic of the past dictator who had hanged Zulfikar Bhutto with his protege then distributing sweets.

    The PLF’s Punjab chapter adopted a unanimous resolution, demanding removal of Babar Awan. A copy of the resolution has been sent to the Presidency. The Punjab chapter of the PLF is headed by Khurram Khosa, son of Senator Latif Khosa, the sacked attorney general, who was eyeing the Law Ministry’s slot. He is the president of the PLF Pakistan.

    Khurram Khosa, who presided over the passage of the resolution, refused to comment when contacted, saying it was their internal issue and not for public consumption. The PLF Punjab’s Secretary, Iftikhar Shahid, echoed the same line when approached for comments. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar could not be reached despite several attempts.

    Elaborating the law minister’s anti-party policy, the PLF resolution said he not only refused to accommodate the PLF members as legal advisers, but also showed his abhorrence for the party, its founding father, and held the PPP responsible for the present crisis.

    The resolution, quoting an incident of the Punjab Bar Council on December 30, 2009, said the law minister had stopped the PLF members from chanting slogans of “Zinda Hay Bhutto Zinda Hay” expressing “his severe annoyance on the slogan”, saying “the slogan is not required for the country in prevailing situation.”

    Not only this, the law minister showed his contempt for the word “party” when urged during a meeting in Lahore to adjust the party workers. The day he gave a shut up call to those chanting slogans “Zinda hay Bhutto…”, the law minister created bad taste yet again when confronted by the PLF members at the residence of Senator Latif Khosa and was urged to coordinate with the lawyers’ wing and address their demands.

    When his attention was drawn towards the PLF issues, “Mr Babar Awan again uttered some unpleasant and discriminatory sentences and categorically said that I don’t want to listen “Party, Party”, as the party is responsible for the present crises which the government is facing.”

    The resolution revealed the law minister’s plan to remove the former acting attorney general, Shah Khawar and a NAB prosecutor: “Mr Babar Awan also categorically said that he had already decided to remove Shah Khawar, Deputy Attorney General and Mr Tariq Jahangiri, Deputy Prosecutor, NAB, from their offices.”

    The law minister told the PLF members that he would not hear their advice on the issue of legal appointments and “therefore, don’t narrate the old stories from 1857.” Babar further told the PLF Punjab chapter that he was not interested in the Law Ministry and “I have been compelled by Mr Asif Zardari and have been forcibly appointed as the law minister.”

    The resolution mentions the minister’s past to elaborate his anti-worker policy. “He was the person who distributed sweets on martyrdom of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He launched protest on Ziaul Haq’s crash by hanging banners throughout Rawalpindi and Islamabad on his death; he made disturbance during the speech of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at Rawalpindi Bar, but the members of PLF ultimately threw him out of the premises of Rawalpindi Bar Association forcibly.”

    After raising the foregoing points, the resolution said: “[The] PLF unanimously condemns the anti-party policy and style of Babar Awan and requests the top leadership to take an appropriate action against him. It would be in the best interest of the party if the said minister is removed from his office.”

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=221285
    ….

  • @Ahmed Iqbalabadi

    Senate of Pakistan

    http://www.senate.gov.pk/ShowMemberDetail.asp?MemberCode=357&CatCode=0&CatName=

    Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan–

    Position: Senator
    Party Affiliation: PPP-P
    Gender: Male
    Home Phone: 051-2823778,
    Mobile Phone: 0300-5000051, 0300-9565303, 0320-4265000
    Fax: 051-2829871
    Province: Punjab
    Address: i. 38. Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area Islamabad.
    ii. H.3, St-56,, F-8/4, Islamabad.

    Details:
    Tenure = March 2006 to March 2012
    Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs

  • Babar Awan is a competent and experienced Lawyer, his doctorate from a degree mill is indeed a matter of shame and embarrasement for himself as well as the Govt. as he is on a very prestigious post requiring integrity.

  • Whether is the attack on Ahmediya community or the case Babar Awan’s degree everything is termed a Qadiani conspiracy! This persecution of minorities needs to end as until we stop the phenomena of hate speech the attacks on minorities are likely to continue.

  • AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri

    Regarding ZAB case:
    http://criticalppp.com/archives/46291

    All of a sudden Ansar Abbasi, Ahmad Noorani, Ijazul-Haq, “liberal” writers, #FCS, united against Babar Awan. True sympathizers of PPP!

    Now these dastard #FCS wallas will quote Ijaz-ul-Haq to discredit Babar Awan and prove their concern for the PPP?

    Babar Awan stood firmly with Zardari against Teen Jeem; is much better than the lady who took cheap shots at PPP thru Citizens 4 Martial Law