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LAHORE: Senior PPP leader Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said here on Tuesday that the government would bring another prime minister if the judiciary sent Raja Pervez Ashraf packing for not implementing the judgment in the NRO implementation case.

Talking to reporters, he said: “The judiciary is crossing the limits (set for it under the) Constitution.” Parliament, he said, would keep electing prime ministers if the judiciary continued to disqualify one after another.

Mr Ahsan, who was the counsel for disqualified prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, said the president had complete immunity under the Constitution and the judiciary could not change it.

He accused some political elements of using the judiciary to achieve their nefarious objectives and regretted that when Nawaz Sharif had gone to the court a commission was set up with a notice and a prime minister was sent home in two weeks when Imran Khan filed a petition.

Barrister Ahsan was of the opinion that the judiciary should take up other cases instead of focusing on such petitions. “Neither the judiciary can dissolve parliament nor can the army intervene. The parliament will complete its term,” he said.

He said: “I was earlier with the judiciary because it was on the right and today I am with the one that is on the right.”

Online adds: Answering a question, Barrister Ahsan said: “There is no middle way in the contempt proceedings against Prime Minister Ashraf as the Supreme Court is bound to remove prime ministers in contempt cases like it did in the case of Yousuf Raza Gilani.”

But he said the government would never indulge in any tactics to degrade the judiciary. He said the judiciary was on the wrong track in the NRO implementation case.

Mr Ahsan said Article 248 of the Constitution clearly restricted the prime minister from proceeding against the president, but the judiciary was on a mission to send elected prime ministers home instead of honouring the Constitution.

Comments (15) Closed

MAJanjua Aug 15, 2012 03:06pm
Could be frequent changes result in finding a suitable person, how about making aasma Jehangeer PM.
waqar Rizvi Aug 15, 2012 12:56pm
My Friends,solution of this problem is early election,Cj Must retire and should not be allowed to participate in any elections,Zardari must be account able before nation for his misdeeds, everybody is corrupt in Pakistan.Any how only the the long term solution is socialist Revolution in Pakistan under Banner of Cp and led by honest man like Mairaj Mohd Khan. Waqar Rizvi
Khalid Yusuf Aug 15, 2012 09:05am
Aitzaz suffered tremendous losses while driving CJ. He is in recovery process now via seat in senate and other compensations. Now it is his time to twist the justice in favor of his masters and colleagues like Abidi
T Khan Aug 15, 2012 03:57am
Yes Sir: Mr. Kingmaker; not only keep electing new PMs but also keep amending the constitution till your party reach the status of an absolute Monarchy.
Amjad Wyne Aug 15, 2012 03:44am
The nation will have to begin with the head of the state if it is ever going to convince the common man that it needed to abide by the law.
Rashid Aug 15, 2012 03:49am
It is time to send CJ home, in history he will be remembered as the most biased CJ in Pakistan, who lowered the stature of the supreme court due to his personal vendetta.
Nezamuddin Mohammad Aug 15, 2012 03:52am
I agree with Aitzaz to keep on changing the PM till election which is the safest preroagative of the rulers. If the Govt will take any hostile action to disband or victimise the the judiciary like Musharraf, it will cause irreparable damage to PPP in the coming election. The judiciary and judges will emerge and remain as martyres in the future history of Pakistan. Also such vehement action against supreme judiciary may invoke intervention from the Armed Forces and mass protest as such further destabilising the already much dilapidated condition of the Nation. We appreciate the farsighted and resilient policy of PPP top leadership.
Abdul Waheed Aug 15, 2012 04:31am
Right saying by Aitzaz. Nawaz Sharif is using judiciary for his political gains which is a cause of instability, chaos, uncertainty. General Kayani, Army Chief, also referred to political instability as one of the problems of Pakistan.
mohammad Aug 15, 2012 04:46am
the best thing is that president zardari leaves the country and goes to settle somewhere else.
Ahmed Jumma Aug 15, 2012 04:49am
Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan has forgotten that people respected him only because of the fact he was fighting the case of Chief Justice and now he has returned to his political party which has failed to deliver to the nation. Now Mr. Aitzaz is losing his heroic status due to going against SC for his own personal gains expected in PPP. I don't understand what is the Faith (Eemaan) of these type of people. If they want luxurious life of this world, they just announce that they don't have belief on Islam and get everything in this world.
ashir ZIa Aug 15, 2012 06:54am
Sir jee I'm not so rich and wealthy but sir jee itnay may clothes nahi badalta jitnay hum PM badal tai hain. U know Y I use good brand. Please select good brand PM so no need to change.
Haider Aug 15, 2012 07:07am
Frustrating as it is seeing Executive and the Judiciary fight it out while "Rome burns", I do feel it is extremely important to set the RIGHT PRECEDENT, despite Government's machinations and delaying tactics if Supreme Court holds its ground the benifits will be there for generations to see.
observer Aug 15, 2012 08:47am
Judicial restraint is need of the hour. I do hope the present confrontation between state institutions ends soon. If one party has to bow out, it is the judges. Judicial restraint is the best exit door for them. I don't know about others, but I can see a clear attempt from judges to captialize on political un-popularity of AAZ in urban Punjab or urban Pakistan to punish PPP which delyed their restoration and to reward PML-N + PTI for supporting their restoration.
Syed Aug 15, 2012 06:06pm
Muslim league, PPP and MQM are all gone corrupt. Pakistan needs a change. I fully support SC and wish they should set an example so that future generation will remember them and proudly say that our SC is atleast not got corrupted in the most corrupt time of Pakistan history.
sri1 Aug 15, 2012 07:27pm
Barrister Ahsan as well as PPP are fighting for democracy, how many times has one government ever fully completed its term? CJ Iftikar and other judges are being pressurized to take on the Government again and again, look at the warning salvos and what happened to the CJ's son's career. Now that the judiciary is complying with the elite orders, do we hear of those family issues anymore? Also, have the CJ and this judiciary been as keen about holding army accountable? The constitutional budget as pointed out by Ahsan some 7 years ago has reams of hundreds pages covering every small tax to be paid and used, but just one page for Military/security expenses. This is not the case with any true democracy where civilian oversight is paramount for balance of powers.