PPP urges SC to review cases of Shehbaz, Imran

  • Kaira shows serious reservations on verdict in PTI chairman’s disqualification case

  • Former minister suggests reforms in judiciary, urges ECP to ensure elections on time

  • ‘PPP has no passion of forming alliance with PTI in upcoming general elections’

LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party has urged the superior judiciary not to become controversial and review cases of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

Addressing a press conference here at the party’s secretariat on Wednesday, former federal minister and PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira said that his party had serious reservations on the Supreme Court’s verdict in PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s petition for disqualification of Imran Khan.

“The judiciary should be non-controversial and should have a look at its own performance. The language used by former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is nothing less than the contempt of the court,” he said, adding that the court had taken tough action against prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and sent him home.

“In the case of Nawaz Sharif, the situation is otherwise,” he said and cautioned Nawaz Sharif against launching any anti-judiciary movement, saying that such movement lead the country towards anarchy. He stressed the need for reforms in the judiciary and said that the confrontation among the institutions leads to disasters.

About passage of crucial delimitation bill in the Senate, he said that all the rumours about PPP should end now that it wants early elections. He said that the PPP supported the motion of delimitation bill. “Those who were hurling abuses at PPP should take their words back after the passage of the bill,” he said.

Kaira said that Nawaz Sharif was using tough language in politics and should review this. On Tuesday, the Senate passed the crucial delimitation bill with 84 voting in favour of the motion and one against. The 24th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 will allow the conduct of delimitation of constituencies on the basis of provisional census results.

The National Assembly already passed the bill last month. Kaira urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to ensure general elections on time. He said that the PPP was never in favour of any unconstitutional move in the country. He said that Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairman Tahirul Qadri has every right to launch movement against the government since 14 people were killed in Model Town and about 100 were injured.

He said that his party would join the peaceful protest of PAT if invited by Qadri. He said that his party had no passion of forming alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the general elections. He urged the Punjab government to resolve issues faced by the sugarcane farmers as they were facing the hard time.

In a statement, former governor and PPP South Punjab President Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mehmood lashed out at the Punjab government over rising unemployment in the province. Giving his reaction over Punjab Economic Report-2017 which was launched on Monday, he said it was a matter of shame that unemployment was rising in Punjab especially in South Punjab.

He said that top 10 districts on poverty list were from South Punjab. “Rajanpur district was at No 1 vis-à-vis poverty followed by Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh. The funds allocated for South Punjab are being spent in Lahore. There are no basic facilities of life in South Punjab,” he added.