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Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File
PPP Secretary-General Sardar Latif Khosa. — File photo
PPP Secretary-General Sardar Latif Khosa. — File photo

LAHORE, July 31: The Pakistan Peoples Party has demanded Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry should step down ‘to save the sanctity of the judiciary’, seeking fresh presidential election.

“After the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ebrahim, the PPP asks Chief Justice Chaudhry to follow suit. The resignation of Mr Ebrahim has vindicated the party’s stance,” PPP Secretary-General Sardar Latif Khosa told Dawn on Wednesday.

Mr Khosa said the chief justice had made the highest judicial office controversial by violating the Constitution in the verdict on presidential election.

“After the resignation of the CEC, there is a constitutional crisis in the country and the PPP thinks it can only be resolved through the resignation of the chief justice,” he said.

A general house meeting of the Lahore High Court Bar Association had also adopted a resolution demanding presidential references against CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry, Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed for their alleged violation of the constitution in their judgment on the election of the president.

“The cat has come out of the bag in the presidential election as the alliance of the troika – PML-N, judiciary and ECP – is now known to everyone,” he said.

Mr Khosa said by advancing the presidential election schedule, the Supreme Court not only violated its mandate but also deprived the PPP of a level playing field, making the party demand fresh presidential election. He said the PTI should also have boycotted the presidential election.

Mr Khosa said the chief justice should have stepped down when allegations of making money through illegal means had surfaced against his son Arsalan. “Arsalan got away scot-free. Had someone else been involved in such a scandal, even his accomplices would also have been behind the bars,” he said.

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JAK Aug 01, 2013 09:57am

There is a constitutional crisis in the country.Incompetent people at important places can not resolve country problems.Time for all of them to go!

Aman Aug 01, 2013 11:56am

When Musharaf removed Iftikhar chaudhry there was some water holding in his decision. He was, is and will remain a biased Judge who supported Nawaz and brought him to power. He is responsible for failure in our war against terror as he let many criminals free despite army's continuous effort. He should leave asap since much of the mess created in Pakistan is due this CJ.

Shakoor Aug 01, 2013 12:52pm

The PPP have a point.

Saad(DXB) Aug 01, 2013 01:02pm

Yes Please Mr. Chief Justice.. We will forever grateful for the 'Selective Justice' you have dispensed.. It's now time for you to leave

Jahanzeb Afzal Aug 01, 2013 01:11pm

PPP is absolutely right in its demand. CHEIF Justice is totally biased. He is also showing his loyality to PML(N) like Justice khawaj Sharif did.

Aamir Aug 01, 2013 01:30pm

Musharraf was right in the first place to send this CJP to the Supreme Judicial Council. This CJP is corrupt from head to toe.

Guest63 Aug 01, 2013 01:42pm

I for once support the stance of the PPP ( I am not a PPP jiyala ) . In my humble opinion , the time was right to move a reference into the SJC by the president against not only the CJP but the whole bench which intervened into the sole domain of the ECP/CEC on the recently concluded presidential Selection ( I term it a selection by the SCP rather than a parliamentary election , like the USA SCP did with the first term of GEorge Bush against Algore ) . Resignation can only be expected out of up right men like Dear Fakhroo Bhai ( even though in my opinion his action was a week or so too late , he should have resigned the day SCP ordered the independent ECP to reschedule the election ) . I for once do not want to hear any more Sermons given out by the CJP on constitutionalism and rule of law and all institutions working within their specific domain . In this particular case , the hon CJP failed to Walk his loudly acclaimed Talk .

M. Saeed Awan Aug 01, 2013 02:14pm

Rather PPP should be banned taking part in politics. CJ is fully backed by masses, lawyers, civil society. May I ask PPP corrupt hawks who support them? CJ and other judges zindabad.

azmat khanI Aug 01, 2013 03:31pm

Now the CJP should resign with grace.

arif Aug 01, 2013 04:44pm

A well written article by the writer, everyone agrees that the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of Pak, were wrong in their decision, it is time the Chief Justice resign's as he has made a mockery of the Judicary System.

Ahtasham Ahmad Aug 01, 2013 04:46pm

I do agree the demand of PPP.

robert Aug 01, 2013 05:16pm

its ridiculous to ask chief justice to resign.its just like spitting on the sky.peoples partys few leader are getting hallucinated by monsterous defeat in the election and rejection by people.they have delivered nothing to the people in the last five years and made the country alomst a failed state , full troubles and corruption.i dont understand how shameless and thick skinned they are that even after that much shameful acts in the past still they talk about different prestigious people and departments in the country.i think its better for party to zip their mouths and minds for three years to regain senses and come out of shame and guilt.

zia khan Aug 01, 2013 05:27pm

The election result would have been the same irrespective of the election date. PML-N has numbers. PPP is simply beating up the dust.

Iqbal Aug 01, 2013 06:57pm

Didn't they take credit for restoring the very same judge they are seeking to resign now?

saeed Aug 01, 2013 07:01pm

For once, PPP is on the right side. Totally agree with PPP.

Straighttalker Aug 01, 2013 07:19pm

At last some one had the courage to speak up. The mother of all scandals (Arsalan Iftikhar/Malik Riaz) was dismissed by the SC as just a private quarrel between two parties. The false petrol receipts case during Musharraf's time, repeatedly brought up by Senator Faisal Raza Abdi, have yet to be investigated.

Qwerty Aug 01, 2013 07:27pm

Funny when PPP makes a remark regarding a legal issue.

Syed Ahmed Aug 01, 2013 07:55pm

Did Musharraf do anything wrong six years ago by removing Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and detaining him and his likes to avoid breach of security? Along with Mushraff he and his likes should also be tried for high treason. Better to put a lid on the whole case to avoid turmoil in the country.

ashfaque a patel Aug 01, 2013 08:00pm

may be now people will pay attention to Faisal Raza Abidi ,!!!!!!!!!!

GS@Y Aug 01, 2013 09:19pm

The CJP has until the end of the year when his term expires. Lets not get bogged down in needless confrontations. Trust PPP to keep digging when in a hole.

Ahmer Aug 02, 2013 01:18am

Khosa just committed the contempt of court by belittling the dignity of CJP. Dr Arslan's case had already been investigated land closed by the judiciary and cannot be brought up again.

noobguy Aug 02, 2013 02:04am

CJ should apologize before the nation

Azam Aug 02, 2013 03:16am

Chief Justice should step down. We demand his resignation.

Fazal Karim Aug 02, 2013 05:15am

In a country where corruption in government is rampent a police man Chief Justice is tolerable.

Nadeem Aug 02, 2013 12:33pm

for once i agree with PPP....CJ should go home now....he has created alot of trouble and moreover, atleast I can not trust the courts now

Abdul Latif Khan Aug 02, 2013 05:12pm

It is high time for Iftikhar Chaudry to say goodbye to his buddies and do a big favour to the people of Pakistan by stepping aside. There was never any doubt about extensive rigging in the polls. He should listen to the people of Pakistan. Please Go

zia khan Aug 02, 2013 06:03pm

Why should Chief Justice resign? He was the last man standing against ppp Corruption. He has made a very positive contribution. Interestingly, some people are demanding his resignation but they did not utter a single word against Zardari during the last five years.

Mirs Aug 03, 2013 02:46pm

@M. Saeed Awan: The judges are the same as them. The only difference is that they have suits and like to pretend they are being lawful.