Justice Isa case: Opposition demands president, PM’s resignations

Updated 25 Oct 2020

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PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz speaks to the media on Friday. — DawnNewsTV/File
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz speaks to the media on Friday. — DawnNewsTV/File

LAHORE: The mainstream opposition parties — the PML-N and PPP — have asked Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi to step down after the Supreme Court’s detailed verdict in the Justice Isa case.

“No justification is left for the premier and the president to stick to their offices after the apex court’s decision in the justice Isa case,” PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said.

Talking to the media here on Saturday, she said in the SC’s order the ‘real face’ of the PTI government had been exposed.

She said the way ‘they’ had attacked the judiciary and Justice Isa and the Supreme Court stopped it.

“Now the selected and those who instituted the reference against Justice Isa have no right to cling to their positions and they must step down,” she demanded.

Maryam dares PM try his luck to bring Nawaz back from UK

Maryam dared PM Khan try his luck in the UK to bring back Nawaz Sharif.

“In the UK, there are no judges like Arshad Malik. Imran had once gone to the UK to bring back Altaf Hussain. Imran must know that hollow slogans will not work in the UK as the law is strictly followed there,” she taunted the PM.

She said Nawaz Sharif would address the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s Sunday rally in Quetta.

“Imran, every now and then, talks of Nawaz only to raise his stature.”

Maryam said although a selected premier was installed in Islamabad but that the selected government should have carried out investigation into the Karachi incident.

The former Punjab governor and PPP leader Sardar Latif Khosa has asked Imran Khan, Arif Alvi, Shahzad Akbar and Farogh Naseem to resign after the apex court’s verdict in the Justice Isa case.

Flanked by Chaudhry Manzoor and Aslam Gill, Mr Khosa told a presser that it was a ‘suicide attack’ on the judiciary.

He said Imran Khan and could not fool the people any more over this matter. The verdict had made it clear that the ‘bad intention’ of the PTI government was behind this move.

The SC had held that President Alvi did not form a considered opinion under Article 209 (5) of the Constitution; therefore, the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa had multiple defects, he added.

Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2020