After noisy protests inside parliament, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is now set to up the ante in its bid to un-seat the prime minister.
The opposition leader in the National Assembly, PML-N’s Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, will dispatch a series of letters to government functionaries, diplomats, think-tanks and those who hold important constitutional offices. The purpose of the letters is to “remind” the recipients about the conviction of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, which, according to the PML-N, disqualifies him from the office.
The first batch of these letters was dispatched on Friday to Speaker National Assembly Fehmida Mirza and Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, urging them to be impartial.
“The sanctity of the offices you hold demands you to be impartial and fair to all parties. You, however, have not been,” state the letters, the contents of which were shared by Chaudhry Nisar with the media outside the Parliament House.
Last week, the PML-N accused Mirza of being partial when she “leaked” a letter sent to her by the deputy registrar of the Supreme Court about the short order against Prime Minister Gilani to members of her party.
Mirza, however, maintains that her role with regard to the premier’s disqualification will begin only after the court’s detailed verdict.
Nisar told the media that he has also reminded the speaker and deputy speaker about the resolution seeking the creation of four new provinces that the PML-N submitted to her office on Thursday.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.
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