Consensus: Political parties rally around democracy

Published: January 16, 2013

PML-N senator says the court should not have issued the order at a time when a foreign citizen has entered the scene and challenged democracy through instigation.DESIGN: SUNARA NIZAMI

ISLAMABAD: 

They may often be at each other’s throats, but on Tuesday, the majority of political parties were in full support of letting the current assemblies complete their tenure.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that any change in the country must be in accordance with the Constitution, and not under pressure or dictation. He said his party is in favour of the continuation of the democratic system.

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s orders to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Mushahidullah said that premier has not been declared guilty as of yet.

Another PML-N senator, requesting anonymity, said that the court should not have issued the order at a time when a foreign citizen has entered the scene and challenged democracy through instigation.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Awami National Party (ANP) senior leader Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel said the court’s order will further encourage Tahirul Qadri, who has declared a rebellion against a democratic government.

Adeel said that under the Constitution, a new prime minister has to be elected if the apex court bars the incumbent premier. Constitutionally, he said, there must be a sitting leader of the house to dissolve the National Assembly.

“I don’t know whether it is a coincidence, but the Supreme Court should not have given this order at a time when a foreign citizen has declared an insurgency against the democratic government and has brought innocent people to the roads in the name of a revolution,” the senator pointed out.

“Tahirul Qadri has paralysed an entire city for the last three days by instigating innocent people and the Supreme Court should have also taken suo motu notice,” he added.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) spokesperson Maulana Amjad said that party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman contacted the prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif after the court directives and assured them of his support for the continuation of the democratic process.

The Awami Workers Party (AWP) in a statement said that words like ‘revolution’ and ‘democracy’ have been rendered meaningless by manipulations by individuals like Qadri.  Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Wasay Jalil said that the party would not react to the court’s order, for the time being, and added they were currently observing the matter. He added that it was premature to comment on the issue.

However, Mohammad Anwar, a member of the MQM’s central coordination committee, tweeted that the arrest order of the prime minister is the beginning of a peaceful revolution in Pakistan.

Since the court’s order was announced, the party has also stayed mum over its support for Qadri.
(with additional reporting by Rabia Ali in Karachi)

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2013. 

Reader Comments (6)

  • Jan 16, 2013 - 1:50PM

    First instance,when he was minister for power and water promised with the nation that power crisis would be over come with a year till next december,

    december gone,december come ,december gone and the last december with reference the ending of mandate of the goverment has also passed but crisis is still stand.

    He is now the prime minister of Pakistan .
    What he has done he done corruption as a minister for power and water .

    Now the coundown has begun ,there is no way out

    Pakistan tehreek-e insaf has also anounced second long march with seven point chartser of demand,same purpose withe same destination.

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  • Aristo
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:29PM

    May God protect the STATUS QUO, is all they wish for. They can get together and form a consensus on their survival but nothing for the common man, as the common man does not even appear on their radar.

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  • Feroz
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Things are falling into place slowly in this jigsaw puzzle. Qadri comes onto the scene from nowhere like a white knight promising a revolution. Full praise for the Judiciary and Military and a mission to derail democracy seems to be his goal. Simultaneously the SC moves with finesse and timing to unseat the second PM of this coalition government, by ordering his arrest. To divert attention from these unconstitutional shenanigans an altercation is created on the LOC with India. All the time the unleashed forces are talking of upholding the Constitution while trampling on it. This is a spectacle that does not inspire hope, instead promises more bloodshed. everybody caring about their own interest while supposedly upholding National Interest. Recommend

  • Babablacksheep
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:40PM

    It is damn funny to see how nawaz and zardari scratching each other back.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 6:53PM

    One would tend to agree with the anonymous Senator from the PML-N that the Supreme Court should not have passed orders for the arrest of the Prime Minister when we had a joker from Canada visiting us with an agenda which can no longer be called ‘hidden’. After all the Supreme Court does not operate in a vacuum and is not supposed to be deaf or dumb when hearing cases. In fact it is incumbent upon the judges to be fully aware of the political consequences of their judgments and a little delay would not have made the heavens fall. Nobody is saying that the law should not have been followed only that a slight delay, compared to the proverbial delays of the law, would not have plunged the nation into uncertainty and caused thousands of investors to see their savings wiped out at the Stock exchange within minutes. But, unfortunately, our dry-cleaned Chief Justice could not bear to be out of the headlines for even a single day.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 9:23PM

    they are our leader,
    economically destryed poor people
    under the open sky in the sever winter season
    want change,they are in majority,they are more than the leaders assembled in Lahore heated room.
    They consider no their condition and the circumstances they are passing through
    They are talking about law and constitution with the back power accounts in the foreign countries,like swizerland and other like counries.

    Tehrir sequire has become essential,because poverty approching red alert and the country has reached at its brink.

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