Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that the article 58 (2) B, “which was the brainchild of dictators [to send elected governments packing]”, has now moved from the presidency to the judiciary.
Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) media cell on Saturday, Khuhro said that certain elements attempted to derail the elected government and its prime minister, but were not successful due to the power of democracy.
Referring to the statements by the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif, Khuhro said that an undemocratic attitude has limited the power of the party and the Sharif brothers to Punjab only.
“How can the people trust a man who fled abroad while leaving his workers and other leaders to bear the brunt of a dictator?” demanded the speaker.
In reference to the recent Supreme Court verdict, he said that Prime Minister Gilani was convicted through an ordinance which was issued by the former President, General Pervez Musharraf, in 2003 for four months. “No such contempt law exists in our constitution.”
Khuhro implied that the Sharif brothers were responsible for the worsening law and order situation in Balochistan where “a large number of people went missing during PML-N’s last tenure”.
“I would suggest the Sharif brothers to first join a ‘political’ school before participating in politics since it seems to be a tricky job for them.”
He appreciated the efforts of President Asif Ali Zardari in convincing Nawaz Sharif to contest the last general election and giving him share in Punjab government. “PML-N has been criticising us but by winning a seat in Multan, we proved that the PPP has a large number of supporters in Punjab.”
Published In The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2012.