Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira- AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has hoped that sense will prevail as the stalemate between the executive and the judiciary will fade away.

When asked in a TV talk show that if the stalemate will persist, the minister said, “I hope it will not persist. I hope sense will prevail everywhere. I hope for the better.”

The minister rejected the notion that the system was under threat and said, “What threat the system may face. If you talk of the military coup, I must say the military has learnt a lot from the past. Their role has been positive during the whole of our tenure. They held themselves accountable to the Parliament for the first time.”

Kaira said that the government respected the courts and “we think there is no reason for a collision. We restored the Constitution in its best possible form and if more improvement is needed it can be done with consensus.”

“It is the Constitution that explains that the letter cannot be written since the President is in the office,” he said and added, “we have repeatedly stated our position on the issue of writing the letter that the President has exemption under article 248.”

President's involvement in the affairs

To another question regarding the President's running the party affairs, Kaira said that the office of the President was an elected office. If the President guide the government and consult the Prime Minister and the ministers for betterment what is bad in it, he added.

In this context he mentioned to the presence of Mian Nawaz Sharif in the official meetings of the Punjab government and questioned in what capacity he shows up at official meetings and why media do not mention to it.

He further stated that it was not a crime if the President guided the government. If any other party also desires guidance from the President, he can guide them.

Why others do not do their duty to strengthen the office of the President when the PPP government strengthened the office of the Opposition Leader and made him a watchdog of the government affairs, he added.

Government's disobedience

He dispelled the impression that the government was disobeying the courts and questioned, “tell me which decision was disobeyed.

For the first time in history a unanimously elected Prime Minister was sent home and we accepted the decision.

The Parliament's law had been struck down and we accepted and decided to go into appeal.”

Court's conduct

When asked about the conduct of the courts, the minister said that he did not want to comment on the conduct of institutions. “But, I should say nothing should be done like the decision in the Z A Bhutto case that later made the judiciary to comment with regret.”

He said if there was any discrepancy in the executive, only the executive had to mend it

Solution to the issues 

Answering a question about solution to the present situation, he said the solution was also known to the courts. “We hope that there is some way out. We should hope for good. Despondency cannot lead to betterment.”

The minister categorically stated that the government was not in confrontation with the judiciary.

He said the institution should work within their ambit. At least any institution should be supreme. Who will decide as to who will enact laws and who will make the constitution, he asked.

“If I am elected by the masses and anybody does not like my face, what is wrong with me. I and the Parliament have been empowered by the people to make laws. If any law is against the rights and the Constitution, it should be referred back to the Parliament.,” he added.

The minister said the parts of the laws which are considered against the constitution can be annulled but not be struck down in totality. The Parliament should not be undermined.

He said,”the Parliament is well aware about the laws its frames. The people may comment on that for the sake of controversy but undermining the powers of the Parliament is not right. Annulling any law absolutely is disappointing for me.”


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Comments (9) (Closed)


Mustafa Razavi
Aug 09, 2012 03:42pm
There really is no problem. We have less than six months left before a care taker administration takes over. It takes the supreme court at least six weeks to cycle through a prime-minister, they can only fire about four prime-ministers, that is not a problem for PPP. In fact the PPP would benefit from the Shaheed syndrome.
Mushtaq Ahmad
Aug 09, 2012 04:04pm
“I hope sense will prevail”. There is something called “Check and Balance” in the government. Parliament is sovereign but can’t make laws which violate the constitution. The body of the government that determines the constitutionality of anything is the Supreme Court not the politician. If the things are done differently/wrongly in the past, that should not be quoted as legal precedent to continue to follow. Wake up Pakistan and stand up for the implementation of the Law and Order in the country. If the current court has the courage to stand up for the respect of law, they need the support of the nation.
akhter husain
Aug 09, 2012 04:08pm
Let us wait and hope for the better.
Rashid
Aug 09, 2012 04:14pm
Mr Kaira you are one of the most sober politician I have ever seen, kudos to your sensible and peaceful stand. Trust me doesn't matter what people say (there is a fashion in our country to criticize politicians for no reason) PPP has done a reasonably well job in their current tenure. Keep it up
J.S.Hussain
Aug 09, 2012 04:47pm
Pakistanis must elect honest and courageous candidates in the forthcoming elections. This is only solution of the present difficulties.
PPPP
Aug 09, 2012 05:53pm
But Kaira what about Sharjeel Memon, Shaukat Basra and Faisal Raza Abidi? Are they speaking in their personal capacity?
Muhammad Alvi
Aug 09, 2012 06:23pm
Kaira is just so wrong. There is no logic in his statements. He is sticking to the statement that Parliament is supreme and has the power to enact any laws. Parliament can legislate laws, but SC still has the final say to judge its validity, and can strike down. That is the way it is in US also.
Masood Hussatn
Aug 09, 2012 06:39pm
I can read sense in Kaira;s statement.Supreme Court should re-consider some of its decisions.
fraz
Aug 10, 2012 01:10am
the most sensible thing to do is to write the letter. If your party leader and your (not masses) president is clean then it should be visible. He is hiding behind the tomb stone of the grave of Benazir. You are your party's all efforts are for supreme court to divert from right path and follow your commands..