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well done, Ahsan Iqbal and PML-N

PML-N has decided to stand by the parliament rather than supporting the undemocratic judiciary that has already formed a five-member bench to review the 18th amendment petitions. The only way that democracy can survive in Pakistan is for the two parties to stick together against the anti-democratic establishment. Benazir Bhutto understood this fact very well over 15 years ago when she made this powerful speech in favour of reconciliation with the opposition:

It seems like PML-N has finally got the message!

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  • Excellent development. PML-N needs our sincerest appreciation for standing by the democratic government.

    However, several vested interests in media, politics and (civil and military) bureaucracy will exert various tactics to pressurize the PML-N to back off from this position.

    The above referred article now also added to the LUBP archives:

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/9991

  • “This is an achievement of our reconciliation policy,” Prime Minister Gilani said about the vote, and described the amendments as realisation of the visions of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the late PPP leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, Mr Sharif who signed the Charter of Democracy with Ms Bhutto as well as the entire political leadership of the country to make the supremacy of parliament possible. But he said it was not the end of the road and promised his government would be prepared to bring more changes if it received similar support in the future.

    “We are not thinking of power, we are thinking about our future generations who could say that (people’s) representatives of today have given a direction to the nation,” Mr Gilani said.

    He said the amendments would restore a “truly parliamentary system” in the country on the Westminster model that he said was closest to the thinking of the Quaid-i-Azam and the late Mr Bhutto and best suited to this region, while the one being replaced and given by dictators was a hotchpotch, neither parliamentary nor presidential.

    Opposition leader Nisar Ali Khan indirectly lauded President Zardari’s role in bringing about the amendments as PPP leader and said the bill’s approval showed the country’s politicians could rise above party politics and take decisions.

    He said he felt proud as a member of this parliament and assured the government of opposition’s full support in matters such as solving people’s problems and ridding the country of the “legacy of military dictators” and foreign dictation.

    The opposition leader also appealed to all politicians to make a commitment never to lend a helping shoulder to any military dictator and repeated his demand for the trial of Gen Musharraf for high treason.

    More parties’ leaders wanted to speak but the speaker said she would allow them time on Friday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-18th-amendment-approved-with-majority-vote-ss-04

  • Rare show of solidarity at Presidency
    By Syed Irfan Raza
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010


    President Asif Ali Zardari signs the 18th Amendment bill as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani looks on during a ceremony at President House in Islamabad on April 19, 2010. Zardari’s signature strips him of key powers in a move to bolster parliamentary democracy weakened by military rule. –AFP Photo

    ISLAMABAD: Whether or not the 18th Constitutional Amendment proves to be historic, the diversity of politicians who gathered at the presidency to watch President Asif Ali Zardari sign it into law appeared truly unprecedented.

    President Zardari ceded on Monday his controversial powers including the ones to sack the prime minister and dissolve the National Assembly as well as the right to appoint the chief of army staff when he gave the assent to the 18th Constitutional Amendment bill at a grand ceremony, the likes of which are rarely held in the presidency.

    Every high-profile politician and bureaucrat was present on the occasion. It was indeed a veritable who’s who of Islamabad and the country’s political world. But the star among the bigwigs was surely Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif whose presence made the document signing ceremony all the more significant.

    Other prominent politicos in the gathering included Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Senate Chairman Farooq H. Naek, National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali, provincial govenrors and chief ministers, PPP-S chief Aftab Ahmed Sherpao and federal ministers and secretaries.

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had also been invited, but he chose to stay away.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/18th-amendment-signed-into-law-rare-show-of-solidarity-at-presidency-040

  • But what about Ch. Nisar? He will surely try to dissuade Bhola Badshah Nawaz Sharif, who I think is already quite scared of Ch. Nisar. Ch. Nisar has already said that if Judges strike 18th down, we will support the judges. He was almost quite unhappy on the passing of 18th as I think his only political agenda is hate for PPP. I am sure he will make trouble and will be able to persuade Nawaz to do the same.

  • Kudos to Ahsan Iqbal !!!!
    i still doubt PML_N intentions. Akram Sheikh former President of supreme court bar association son has been appointed as deputy attorney general of punjab ,
    .
    i’m seriously feel supreme court need a public face to defend their biased work , and people like Qazi Anwar and Akram Sheikh doesn’t have same appeal as former lawyers movement leader had.
    so I’m pretty sure Ansar Abbasi &Akram Sheikh Co will launch a attack on PML_N for ditching judiciary ,;

  • Today’s Meray Mutabiq (Dr Shahid Masood) 24 April 2010:

    Ahsan Iqbal ably responds to the Cheap Justice mafia, namely General Hamid Gul, Ansar Abbasi and Dr Shahid Masood:

    http://www.friendskorner.com/forum/f179/talk-show-meray-mutabiq-24th-april-2010-a-182487/#post2071725

    Two interesting comments (pkpolitics)

    Faarigh Jazbati said:

    آخر کار احسن اقبال نے وہ سوال پوچھ ہی لیا کہ
    ڈاکٹر صاحب آپ چاہتے کیا ہیں
    اسپر ڈاکٹر کا چہرہ دیکھنے کے قابل تھا اور مری ہوئی آواز میں انصار عباسی کو مدد کے لئے پکارنا قابل رحم تھا
    اور تو اور محترم حمید گل بھی اپنا مردہ خراب کرنے پہ تلے ہوئے ہیں
    آج کا پروگرام میرے خیال میں آنے والے دنوں میں ہیت مقتدرہ (ملکی اور غیر ملکی ) کی سوچ، پیش بندی اور منصوبہ بندی کی عکاسی کر رہا ہے.
    نواز شریف کا ہیت مقتدرہ کی بالادستی سے مکمل انکار اور ہیت مقتدرہ سے مل کر حکومت کرنے سے انکار ، ہیت مقتدرہ کو ہضم نہیں ہو رہا اور اب ہیت مقتدرہ کی حالت پیچ و تاب کی سرحدوں سے نکل کر غم و غصہ، طیش غضبناکی اور قہر کی سلطنت میں داخل ہو گئی ہے اور ہیت مقتدرہ نے نواز شریف کو بھی سبق سکھانے کا فیصلہ کر لیا ہے.
    نواز شریف کا اچانک دبئی چلے جانا غیر معمولی ہے . آج احتساب عدالت نے نواز شریف کے مقدمے کا فیصلہ سنانا تھا جو کہ ملتوی کر دیا گیا . مرے خیال میں نواز شریف کو اس فیصلے کی بھنک پڑ گئی ہو گی اور اس بات کا اشارہ بھی مل گیا ہو گا کہ “آزاد ” عدلیہ کے ذریعے اس کے کس بل نکالنے کی تیاریاں مکمل ہیں اور ہیت مقتدرہ ایک تیر سے دو شکار کرے گی. یعنی آزاد عدلیہ پہلے تو نواز شریف کا گھونٹ بھرے گی اور پی پی پی اس پر بغلیں بجاۓ گی اور پھرجب زرداری کا گھونٹ بھرا جاۓ گا تو جیالوں کی “خوشی” دیدنی ہو گی .
    پی پی پی اور مسلم لیگ ن کاعدلیہ کی “آزادی” کے معاملے میں اکٹھا ہونا اسی سبب ہے.حمید گل کی نواز شریف کو دھمکی اسی تناظر میں دیکھنی چاہیے
    انصار عباسی کا نقطہ اگرچہ درست ہے کہ عدلیہ کو یہ حق حاصل ہے کہ وہ کسی بھی قانون کا عدالتی جائزہ لے سکتی ہے اور اس پر اپنی راۓ دے سکتی ہے لیکن وقت سے پہلے طوفان اٹھانا اور راۓ دے دینا کہ عدالت عظمیٰ اس ترمیم کو یا اس قانون کو اڑا کے رکھ دے گی ایک سلجھا ہوا اور پختگی کا رویہ نہیں ہے اور سیاسی . علمی اور عدالتی نابالغ پن کی مثال ہے
    ڈاکٹر اور ہیت مقتدرہ کے اس جیسے حواریوں کا عدلیہ اور پارلیمان کے تصادم کی قوالی کرنا اور چیخ چیخ کر بے سروں میں لے اٹھانا، ہیت مقتدرہ کاعامیانہ قسم کا عاشقانہ کلام پڑھنا اور اس قوالی میں پرانے تالی بجانے والوں کا لگا تارچلے آنا بجاۓ خود ایک عبرت کی جاء ہے
    آخر میں ایک اور بات ، پی پی پی اور مسلم لیگ دونوں میں سے قابل قبول اور متبادل قیادت کا منصوبہ تیاری کے آخری مراحل میں ہے اور بس ابھی آیا ہی چاہتا ہے

    correlator said:
    Ahsan Iqbal is right. Let the law take its due course and in this way we can eliminate corruption completely and that is the most important thing.

    There is no such thing as a basic structure of the constitution, and the original constitution gave permission to the parliament to amend its articles and these amendments cannot be challenged in court as per the constitution itself. Things such as the LFO or amendment orders can be challenged in court because they were not inserted using the constitutional method and hence have no legal value.

    Babar Sattar wrote an excellent article in The News on Saturday and Justice (r) Ali Nawaz Chauhan on Friday and they clarified these matters really well. There is no law or code which gives explicit permission to the courts to strike down constitutional amendments. This can only be done by the court in the same way as military coups are legalized which is outside the law. Justice (r) Chauhan also stated that the constitutional amendment is no an ordinary legislation and cannot be treated in the same way as the constitutional amendments.

  • SC constitutes larger bench to hear 18th amendment pleas
    Updated at: 1310 PST, Saturday, April 24, 2010 ShareThis story
    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has constituted a five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk to hear various identical constitutional petitions filed against Eighteenth Amendment, Geo News reported Saturday.

    Other judges include Justice Raja Fayyaz, Justice Rehman Hussain Jaffery, Justice Jawwad Owais Khawja and Justice Tariq Pervaiz.

    Supreme Court (SC) will begin the hearing from April 28.

    Nadeem Ahmad Advocate in his petition stated that formation of judicial commission is violation of article 175 of constitution. Ijazul Haq, Supreme Court Bar Association, Rawalpindi District Bar Association and others also filed petitions against some of the clauses of 18th amendment.

    http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=103545

  • Rabia :
    looks like CJ is getting ready to reopen hudaibiya mills case

    Dirty tactics by a dirty judge:

    Decision on graft 
cases against Sharifs tomorrow

    25 April 2010 ISLAMABAD — An accountability court will pronounce on Monday its ruling on a plea by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to restore three corruption references against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and his family.
    The court headed by Justice Wamiq Javed of Accountability Court-2 in Rawalpindi had last week reserved verdict on the NAB petition and was due to announce it on Saturday but it has to been delayed till Monday because of two weekly holidays enforced by the federal government on courts as well for conserving energy.

    NAB wants to revive cases against Sharif Brothers for the last over a decade charging them of default on payment of loan by their industrial enterprise Ittefaq Foundaries, default on payment of tax by Hudabia Paper Mills and Raiwind Estate.

    The cases were adjourned indefinitely in 2001 after Nawaz Sharif, brother Shahbaz Sharif and other family members were exiled to live in Saudi Arabia for 10 years.

    The NAB has maintained that it is time that these cases be resumed as most of the family members are back in Pakistan.

    In earlier hearing, NAB Deputy Prosecutor-General Sultan Mansoor while giving arguments in the court said if no final decision would come then the court could review it.

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/April/international_April1339.xml&section=international&col=

  • The CJ has already started flexing his muscles, it was in the news today that the decision on reopening of cases against Nawaz Sharif is going to be announced soon.

    Itni besharmi se blackmail kerta hai PCO Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry ke sar sharam se jhuk jata hai ke yea iss mulk ka munsif-e-aazam hai.

  • @Rabia The decision of Hudebia Paper Mill case will be announced tomorrow 🙂 you can see the change in N league.

  • http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28486
    By Ahmad Noorani

    ISLAMABAD: In his detailed interview with The News on Friday, PML-N Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal was specifically asked whether his party would accept the Supreme Court judgment on the 18th Amendment if it goes against parliament.

    His specific words were: �The PML-N will only accept the decision of parliament and that the judiciary should also respect this historic decision of parliament�. The question was asked repeatedly and at all times he repeated the same answer that his party will only accept the decision of parliament.

    Though the obvious implication of Ahsan�s words was that his party would not accept the SC decision, he had not said so in those words. It was an interpretation of his repeated response to a specific question. It is apologised that this was attributed to Ahsan Iqbal.

    After the publication of the story on Saturday, Ahsan Iqbal pointed out only two places where, according to him, he was misquoted. One was the use of the phrase that the PML-N will not accept the SC judgment, which has been clarified above.

    The second point of objection was that according to Ahsan he never used the word �Pakistan Army� during his interview while alleging that a force was playing a negative role. Ahsan is right on this but the report in The News is also right as it never quoted him using that word. In fact the story specifically said he did not name the Pakistan Army, so there is no reason to complain on this count.

    Ahsan on Saturday stuck to the stance that his party was against the Supreme Court�s intervention to interpret the 18th Amendment as according to him this was a mega political consensus and a historic event. He also reiterated that according to him the judiciary would become controversial if it indulged itself into hearing of petitions challenging the 18th Amendment.

    Although Ahsan has not issued any clarification of his interview, The News considers it ethical and professional to explain the points on which Ahsan raised two objections, but privately.

    However, late on Saturday a party press release referred to Ahsan�s interview and called it distorted, misreported and fabricated. �The PML-N spokesman strongly contradicts the contents which were quoted in a specific context. All the reporters, news editors and TV anchors are hereby requested neither to quote any of its contents nor to reproduce it for any purpose,� the party press release said.

  • Establishment’s dogs unleashed on PML-N. Saleh Zaafir barking:

    کڑی تنقید، نواز شریف کا کچھ عرصے کیلئے منظرنامے سے دور جانے کا فیصلہ

    اسلام آباد (محمد صالح ظافر) پاکستان مسلم لیگ ن ایوان صدر کے ساتھ اتحاد قائم کرنے، عدلیہ کی آزادی اور بالادستی کیلئے جدوجہد اور صوبہ سرحدکے نئے نام کو قبول کرنے کے معاملے پر اپنی تاریخ کے بدترین بحران سے گزر رہی ہے۔ قومی اسمبلی میں قائد حزب اختلاف چوہدری نثار علی خان ، جو سیاسی کھیل میں ایوان صدرکے ساتھ اتحاد کی مخالف کر رہے تھے، بظاہر اپوزیشن جماعت کی قیادت سے ناراض نظر آتے ہیں۔ متعدد معاملات پر اپنی جماعت کے رہنماوٴں کی کڑی تنقیدکا سامنے کرنے والے مسلم لیگ ن کے سربراہ نواز شریف کچھ عرصے کیلئے اس سارے منظرنامے سے دور جانے کا فیصلہ کرچکے ہیں۔ نواز شریف یورپ جانے کیلئے دبئی روانہ ہو ر ہے ہیں جہاں وہ پہلے لندن میں قیام کریں گے۔گزشتہ ماہ آصف زرداری کو جمہوریت کیلئے سب سے بڑا خطرہ قرار دینے والے نواز شریف ان کے ساتھ گھل مل گئے اور ان سے قانون سازی میں تیسری بار وزیراعظم بننے کی شق کو شامل کرنے اور پنجاب کی صوبائی حکومت کو درپیش خطرات کو ختم کرنے پر اصرارکیا۔ چوہدری نثار علی خان نے متعدد مواقع پر صدر زرداری سے ملاقات اور ایوان صدر کے دورے کیلئے اپنی پارٹی کے سربراہ کی دعوت قبول نہیں کی اور آئینی اصلاحاتی کمیٹی کا رکن بننے سے بھی انکارکیا۔

    http://www.jang.net/urdu/details.asp?nid=427712

  • Somersaults of Ansar Abbasi in the “Garb of Filing a News Report on Political Statements”

    PML-N also sniffs Army intervention
    Monday, April 26, 2010
    By Ansar Abbasi

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28497

    ISLAMABAD: After the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), now apprehensions are also being expressed by the PML-N about some alleged conspiracy being hatched by certain elements belonging to the Army and intelligence agencies.
    Though it is whispered and not publicly said in so many words, in their off-the-record discussions with media persons, some PML-N leaders express their fears that the third force is preparing the ground to do something extra-constitutional.
    Ahsan Iqbal is on the record as having said on Saturday that a third force wants a clash between the judiciary and parliament. He did not name the third force precisely in the same fashion as has been done repeatedly by President Asif Ali Zardari during the recent months.
    According to a PML-N leader, the Army is trying to pitch the judiciary against parliament and for this purpose it is using certain elements in the media. The N-leader, however, did not have anything concrete to support his argument.
    After the recent bloody riots in Abbottabad and Hazara, another PML-N leader told this correspondent strictly off-the-record he believed that some intelligence agencies had played tricks to trigger violence in the area.
    When asked if he says this on the basis of some solid information or it was just based on his analysis or calculation, he said it was his educated guess. However, in the same breath, he contradicted himself by saying that the PML-N Hazara leadership had told him that the Hazara-based PML-Q leadership and the champions of the Hazara province, who led the recent movement there, were given a shut up call by the military. He said that the violent riots ended after the likes of Haider Zaman, Gohar Ayub and others were asked to stay peaceful.
    Retired Lieutenant General and former ISI chief Hameed Gul was asked on Saturday by Dr Shahid Masood in his programme, Meray Mutabiq, if he sees the possibility of the Pakistan Army getting into politics at a time when there are fears of a clash between the two main pillars of the state.
    Gul said that the military had learnt lessons from its past mistakes. He added that the military had no interest in getting into politics or pushing institutions into a clash with each other. The Pakistan Army and the ISI were already put on the defensive after being repeatedly but subtly blamed of conspiring against democracy by no less than the president. At that time, there were not many even among the politicians to believe this but now such apprehensions have started being raised by the Leaguers.
    If there is any truth in such apprehensions, then it is vital to understand the fact that parliament has done its work by producing the 18th Amendment and now it is the judiciary’s turn to do a judicial review of some of the 101 amendments, which have been challenged in the apex court.
    The Army or intelligence agencies have no business to get worried or do anything on issues which clearly fall in the domain of either parliament or the judiciary. Out of the 101 constitutional amendments, only a few have been challenged, meaning thereby that generally and mostly parliament has done good work. In other cases, now it is for the apex court to do its work and decide the cases on merit and in line with the Constitution and law.
    With the exception of a few controversial amendments, parliament has done well. The judiciary is doing extraordinarily and enjoys the complete support of the masses. It is supposed to continue adjudging the cases placed before it in line with law and the Constitution without any fear or favour.
    It should not be bothered about the negative propaganda unleashed by anyone against the judiciary or those threatening it that it should keep its hands off the constitutional amendments, already challenged, to avoid a possible confrontation.
    An evolution of institutions in this evolutionary process is going on and the military should remain focused on its soldiering matters and must stay away from politics, say analysts.

    Aamir Mughal
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/