LAHORE: Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, talking on separate occasions, spoke in favour of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and criticised Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif.
Khosa, while talking to the media at the governor house, said that no one except the speaker of the parliament had the right to declare the prime minister ineligible, may they be a party or the Supreme Court itself.
“Parliament is supreme and all courts are subjected to it,” he said, adding that the parliament can reject the contempt of court decision.
“Who gave Nawaz Sharif the right to interpret the contempt of case verdict,” said the governor. “Is the detailed verdict being written by him or is it being written on his directive?”
He said that if the judiciary wanted to do justice, it should do so in a fair manner.
“Stay orders on the Sharifs’ cases and seven judges on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) cases? This joke with the nation should be stopped.”
Khosa said that judiciary to date had not opened any case against a military dictator which was why Amna Janjua had withdrawn her case. “Is this the Supreme Court of Pakistan or Sharif brothers,” he asked.
Speaking on Babar Awan and Masood Chishti, he likened them to Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq, saying, “On whose directive did they refuse to testify and make the file disappear? Contempt cases against them will be postponed date after date and no verdict will ever be given.”
‘PM has right to appeal’
While talking to the media, PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that the prime minister had every right to an appeal and Nawaz Sharif’s acceptance or rejection of this fact would not make any difference.
While giving a tour to the 15-member Korean delegation which was invited by the Gandhara Association to visit Lahore Museum, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain asked the media, “Where in the Supreme Court’s decision was it written that he is not the prime minister anymore?”
“Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif can also be held in contempt for attacking the Supreme Court,” he said.