Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain - File Photo

KARACHI: In what appeared to be a veiled reference to the scrapping of the new contempt of court law by the Supreme Court, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said on Monday that if making laws was not the business of parliament then the parliamentary system should be wrapped up.

Speaking on phone from London at an Iftar-dinner hosted by the MQM at the Jinnah Ground, Mr Hussain said that it was yet to be decided in Pakistan whether the judiciary was important or parliament.

He said he would like to know whether lawmaking was the job of parliament or the judiciary. “If making laws is not the job of parliament then perhaps the parliamentary system should be wound up altogether. If parliament has no right to legislate then a judicial system should be imposed in the country instead of wasting millions of rupees on parliament,” he said.

He said that a confrontation between the judiciary and parliament would harm the country. He urged both the institutions to end their differences and respect each other’s domain.

The MQM chief expressed grave concern over lawlessness in Karachi and increasing incidents of killing of innocent people, extorting money from traders and businessmen.

He criticised the intelligence agencies and paramilitary Rangers for their failure to maintain peace in the city.

He called upon the people of Karachi, particularly the business community, to take measures for protecting themselves and assured them that the MQM would fully support them.

He said that 100,000 MQM workers were ready to protect businessmen if they paid an allowance to them.

Mr Hussain said the apex court had sent home a prime minister but did not take any action to provide protection to businessmen in Karachi. The chief justice removed a prime minister but did not take any action against elements involved in dumping bodies in Balochistan, he added.

The MQM chief said he had discussed with the president and the prime minister and also with the chief of army staff and the director-general of ISI the issue of law and order in Karachi.

Referring to the recent Lyari operation, he said the operation against the extortion mafia was about to succeed but the Rangers had refused to act. “The operation was postponed for 48 hours but 48 days have passed and the operation has not been completed.”

Mr Hussain said he had repeatedly said that the MQM did not want a division of Sindh. “But have the slogans for the division of Sindh not been raised by nationalist forces in Sindh? The nationalist forces must stop spewing venom, otherwise I will not be able to stop people.”

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro, diplomats, businessmen, industrialists and MQM leaders attended the Iftar-dinner.

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August 7, 2012 7:11 am
He said that 100,000 MQM workers were ready to protect businessmen if they paid an allowance to them.......
August 7, 2012 6:43 am
MQM's view is nothing more than a cry to save a corrupt system which has not support in masses.
August 7, 2012 10:47 am
Constituion made by parliament. Legislation is done by parliament. Judiciary interprets constitution and laws. Any law which is not according to the constituion (made by parliament) will be struck down. For that matter from time to time PCO is introduced and judges are forced to take oath under PCO. In future, if Judiciary does not put breaks on its agrressive interpretation, a government with two third majority can ammend constition to curtail the powers of Judiciary (remember Nawaz Sharifs attack on SC and then ammendment to the constituion about contempt law). With two third majority and constituional ammendments, the law will become according to the constituion. Then every one will have to follow the constituion.
Arsalan Siddiqui
August 7, 2012 4:43 am
Giving the parliamentary system a break isn't such a bad idea after all. Lots of savings and certainly no loss.
August 7, 2012 5:02 am
Altaf Bhai, yes it is the job of the Parliament to make laws, but those laws must not be in conflict with the Constitution , as in a Republic it is the Rule of Law that prevails and not the Rule of men, hence no person specific law can be made just to save a single person. The laws should be made for the welfare of the people at large, and not for few individuals. Parliament is the creature of Constitution, and therefore the Constitution is supreme and not the Parliament and it has to function and legislate in accordance with Constitution, and any law made in violation of the Constitution is open to judicial review in a democracy, and if found in conflict with the same then it is liable to be struck down by the apex Court.
Syed Amin u ddin
August 7, 2012 5:10 am
101% true And Agree With Altaf HUssain
August 7, 2012 9:27 am
Dear Abduallah, how do you know system does not have support of masses?. what is the barometer ?
August 7, 2012 2:25 pm
"He said that 100,000 MQM workers were ready to protect businessmen if they paid an allowance to them." 100,000 MQM workers - what do they do for living, one wonders?
Enaam E. Hanid (USA)
August 7, 2012 8:53 pm
Who the hell this man sitting outside the country is asking judiciary to protect businessmen from "Bhatta khors" as it is not their job. Why judiciary should intervene where coalition has failed to protect the people of Karachi and are still in the government eating best of the fruits of the government. It is a administrative job to be done by the government. If parliament is supreme then what it is doing for protection of the people and why he is asking judiciary to come to their rescue? MQM is in government and if government has been failed meaning his party also failed in the task to maintain law and order and thus has no right to be in government.
Muhammad Rizwan
August 7, 2012 11:07 pm
Question : Who made Constitution? Answer : Parliament. Question : Then how constitution is supreme ? Answer : ?
August 8, 2012 5:57 am
Can anyone please help us Pakistanis understand why this man of British citizenship is involved and interferes in Pakistan's affairs?
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