CEC meeting: PTI throws its weight behind judiciary

Published: January 15, 2012

PTI chief Imran Khan and vice president Shah Mehmood Qureshi at a party meeting in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Throwing its weight behind the judiciary over the non-implementation of Supreme Court orders by the government, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) warned the government on Saturday to desist from any assault on the rule of law.

“The government is trying to destroy the Supreme Court … PTI’s tsunami will remove the rulers if they do not implement decisions of the apex court,” PTI chief Imran Khan said, during a Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party.

“The prime minister and other members of the ruling party are attacking all institutions, including the Supreme Court, to hide their looting,” said a resolution adopted by the central executive committee.

However, Imran went on to request the court to hear an already filed petition regarding disbursement of funds among politicians by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)  to restrain the agency’s role in cutting political deals.  Earlier, Air Marshal Asghar Khan had announced the merger of his party Tehrik-e-Istiqlal with the PTI.

“I have the receipts of those payments as proof,” Asghar disclosed, referring to his petition in the Supreme Court.

Criticising Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) role in the ongoing crisis, Imran censured the party’s strategy and urged its chief Nawaz Sharif to stop playing a double game over the issue and resign from the assemblies.

“PML-N has always supported the corrupt government during testing times in the name of democracy,” Khan added.

PTI to avoid by-elections

The central executive committee also decided not to take part in the upcoming by-elections unless fraudulent electoral rolls were purged from the system. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recently announced the schedule for by-elections on five vacant seats in the National Assembly (NA).

The by-election includes four NA seats vacated by new PTI members, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Jahangir Khan Tareen and Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali.  PTI chief Imran Khan said the decision to not participate in by-polls arose from doubts about the credibility of an election held with millions of bogus votes.

Imran said the CEC had also constituted a committee on Balochistan to negotiate with Baloch leaders, including those who were in exile, before the party’s March 23 rally in the province. The committee will also make arrangement for the Quetta rally.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2012. 

Reader Comments (20)

  • Falcon
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:23AM

    The request to re-open case against ISI and PML-N collusion in the past and the move to establish contacts with Baloch leaders are good initiatives.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:28AM

    The Judiciary is an independent institution and knows how to carry out the orders of the court and does not require political backing of any political party including PTI.

    Political parties think that judiciary is a job, but it is not.

    It was not PTI who filed the petition in the Supreme Court, but it was PML(N) who went to the court in the Memo-Scandal case.

    If a political party does not respect the other political party, how a political party can expect that an ordinary voter will respect the politicians?

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  • Adeel
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:36AM

    So it shows that Imran khan dominate SMQ on the issue of by election.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Why would PTI and IK not demand that Mush be tried for making fake and bogus voter lists? Nobody but Mush was sole responsible for the voter’s lists in his military rule. It is a just and fair demand that the SC finally take up the case of Asghar Khan after a delay of 22 years. Justice delayed is justice denied. Why PCO SC is is still protecting the ISI and generals including Mush who has no cases even as a pioneer of NRO. If NRO is bad then its formulator must be brought to court and all thousands of people who have benefitted must be tried not just one or two elected politicians.

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  • Nadeem
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:08PM

    Let PTI hold one “Real Protest” and see how political workers struggle. Most of them end up as ‘kharab’ after the even.

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  • Zaffar
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:43PM

    I dont understand what the problem is with the critcs-its ALL part of a PRINCIPLED STAND. This is not new-has been there as part of PTI policy. PTI to SWEEP elections-if FAIR and HONEST

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  • ihtisham
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Great decisions. We r with u khan saheb.

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  • Naveed
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:24PM

    i think the use of the word Tsunami is now grossly over-used……try “forest fire” for a change….

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  • Jan 15, 2012 - 1:30PM

    The fact that Imran Khan wants to reopen the case against ISI is proof that he is not supported by establishment !

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  • tj
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:34PM

    All of a sudden there are so many critics of PTI it just shows that PTI is getting very popular. I seriously feel the next elections will be a major upset .PTI all the way !!!

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  • Jan 15, 2012 - 1:55PM

    LOL PTI does have a Central Executive Committee :D

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  • MarkH
    Jan 15, 2012 - 2:08PM

    @Zaffar:
    A “sweep” is completely impossible no matter how honest they are if everyone is as corrupt as PTI says. Corruption in essence is about exploiting openings for self gain in ways that are morally questionable. Thinking anything to the contrary is naive. Being naive does not work in a political party’s favor. If they want to win they better be coming with a whole lot more than honesty. Points for fanboy exaggeration, though.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 15, 2012 - 6:38PM

    What a politics being played in Pakistan . Ik is behind the court , army is behind the court .and court is adament to dislodge an elected govt and Musarraf is behind the army and the govt. is behind the people , US, UK, and UAE .

    India is vitnessing the interesting game .

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  • Zaffar
    Jan 15, 2012 - 6:45PM

    @MarkH
    You seem like a realist & well aware of the corruption philosophy-but at the same time your comments have a flavour of pessimism. I was more referring to giving IK a “fair” ground and the letting the nation decide. No one is naive- IK works ONLY on positivity and initiative-which NO ONE else has shown, even in your western political system. Give him credit where it deserves rather then subtle sniping

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  • Kashif Iqbal
    Jan 16, 2012 - 12:39AM

    My comment is still awaiting moderation; why? Because it was against Imran Khan?Recommend

  • Jan 16, 2012 - 2:08AM

    However, Imran went on to request the court to hear an already filed petition regarding disbursement of funds among politicians by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to restrain the agency’s role in cutting political deals.

    This is somewhat interesting…

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  • Amjad
    Jan 16, 2012 - 3:36AM

    PTI throws its weight behind judiciary, judiciary throws its weight behind military, what a game!

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  • Anila
    Jan 16, 2012 - 3:50AM

    ….”Pakistan’s judiciary and police have been ranked among the most corrupt institutions in the nation in an annual survey carried out by an international anti-graft watchdog, which also for the first time included the powerful military of the country in its poll”.(Transparency International Pakistan’s national corruption perception survey, 2011.)….therefore we musn’t pin any hopes on this pillar of the state…Hum ko un se wafa (read Insaaf) ki hai umeed,jo nahi jaante wafa kya hai!

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  • basharat
    Jan 16, 2012 - 5:56AM

    T I is behind the judiciary, establishment is behind the T I. Will T I demand that cases under Article 6 of constitution should be lodged against the judges who legetimised the unconstitutional military takeover of October 1999 throught unconstitutional verdict in case commonly known as Zafar Ali Shah versus Federation of Pakistan and another case wherein the Supreme Court decided that election to the office of the President Musharraf was lawful which in fact, was contrary to the constitutional provisions regarding conducting of the election to the office of the president. And if the case of A M Asghar Khan is not decided; the T I, I am sure will remain quiet on all the abovementioned counts.

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  • Ali
    Jan 16, 2012 - 9:13AM

    Sir Imran Khan is a man with mission.

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