Latif Khosa, Chaudhry Shujaat hit back at Nawaz Sharif

Published: April 28, 2012

Khosa says no one except the speaker of the parliament had the right to declare the prime minister ineligible. PHOTO: FARHAN LASHARI/FILE

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Khosa said that judiciary to date had not opened any case against a military dictator which was why Amna Janjua had withdrawn her case.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.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Much Amused
    Apr 28, 2012 - 4:19PM

    “Stay orders on the Sharifs’ cases and seven judges on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) cases? This joke with the nation should be stopped.”

    Mr Khosa is correct. The SC needs to clarify to the nation.

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  • Blithe
    Apr 28, 2012 - 4:20PM

    What else can you expect from NRO ridden governor!!

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  • Hasan Awan
    Apr 28, 2012 - 4:50PM

    Nawaz Bashing is in full swing and PTI as usual is now out of scene. Let us see how long it will continue. PTI + PLMQ + MQM + ANP + PPP versus PMLN.

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  • Hasan Awan
    Apr 28, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Much Amused: What about more than 7000 cases that were wiped out in NRO????. Stop playing these games. There are more than 20 cases with stay orders on Mr Zardari and more than 100 cases with stay orders right now on existing PPP leaders. Stop playing this Victimhood thing and stop playing ethnic cards.

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  • ex
    Apr 28, 2012 - 6:07PM

    Public memory is proverbially short … some facts please.

    After Governor Taseer was martyred, Khosa’s candidacy for Governor Punjab was opposed by none other than the PM himself. Remember, Khosa as IT advisor publicly blamed his own PPP government as corrupt, and IT ministry for violating rules and regulations. Of course, PM was not amused by Khosa’s antics and he was fired from advisor’s job.

    Now Khosa is trying to ingratiate himself with the PM in a typical Pakistani style.

    In Pakistan, there is no so thing as ethics and morality in politics. This we can be sure of.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 28, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Mian Sahib’s popularity is still intact, Thanks PTI for providing entertainment in their Concerts, Now lets get to the serious business.

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  • WB
    Apr 28, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Another round of noora chosti; PMLN waited for 4 years before deciding Zardari-Gillani are corrupt! What a joke! NS people are not stupid if u are serious, then resign and come to the streets.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 28, 2012 - 7:22PM

    I heard and saw the press conference. Chief Justice must clear the position of his office. Governor of 62-65% population – Punjab raised so many legal points and the biased attitude of present judiciary working under his lordship.

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Apr 28, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Latif Khosa is a pygmy politician riding piggy back on Zardari to hide his own grafts. Whatever
    Khosa talks multiply it by 2 and divide it by 10. He was thrown out by SC and PM’s office for graft etc. He should weigh before he gives statement to the Press.

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  • Tribune Reader
    Apr 28, 2012 - 9:10PM

    I think criticism against PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani is not justified as he (PM) belongs to Sayyed family . Moreover ,to accord respect to Sayyad’s is the responsibility of every Muslim. However the person may be, if he/she is Sayyed, we are not to make any negative arguments against him/her.

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  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Apr 28, 2012 - 9:57PM

    @Tribune Reader
    What if he is syed? Does it provide him licence to steal the money from Hajj Pilgrims? Does it mean that he should act against the constitution and refuse to open cases against zardari for corruption? Does it mean that his son should provide chemicals to drugs manufacturers? Is it some kind of liberty to appoint the history shatters as heads of Government corporate institutions and to do mega corruption in those institutions then? Is he and his sons entitled to take commission from every significant deal? For how long will people be fooled in the name of family background? Wake up Please

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  • Mirza
    Apr 28, 2012 - 9:58PM

    “Stay orders on the Sharifs’ cases and seven judges on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) cases? This joke with the nation should be stopped.”
    Asghar Khan and ZAB review cases are taking decades, BB’s case is starting in the lowest of the courts and would take decades, while fabricated cases against PPP like Memo start in the SC and end there at the record speed. Contempt, memo and the NRO cases which are only against the PPP elected leaders are imp not thousands of cases including multiple murders and terrorism are not imp and rotting without ever hearing. In the two attacks on BB hundreds of people died yet that case has not seen a single mention or hearing a superior court. Qadri’s case is like Abbottabad case of Osama Bin Forgotten.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 29, 2012 - 12:48AM

    @Mirza: See a Cartoon published in Pakistan Today – by Mr. Sabir.

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