Premier’s arrest order: It’s a conspiracy, not a coincidence, says Asma

Published: January 16, 2013

The timing of the two events seems suspicious, says Asma. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI / LAHORE: 

Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jahangir on Tuesday said the issuance of a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister at the time of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march was not a coincidence but a conspiracy.

“The timing of the two events seems suspicious,” she told a press conference at the Karachi Press Club.

“Why did the arrest order for Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf come after the long march entered Islamabad? Was the prime minister fleeing the country?”

Pawns of establishment

Flanked by Sindh High Court Bar Association’s president Mustafa Lakhani and other office bearers, Asma Jahangir said everyone was against corruption, but the establishment could not obtain orders according to its wishes, if someone indulges in corruption.

“The government will only be dissolved in a constitutional manner,” she said.

Asma also criticised the chief justice, who, she said was restored by the army chief.

Today’s events (in Islamabad) have exposed the pawns of the establishment.

“If decisions are being changed on demand of 50,000 people, then the situation might further aggravate when 200,000 people will take to streets for fulfilment of their demands.”

Bars denounce long march

Denouncing Tahirul Qadri’s long march, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has announced its plan to resist any attempt to derail democracy.

Addressing a press conference at Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Tuesday, SCBA Secretary General Raja Javed Iqbal said Qadri was misleading naive people and wanted to wrap up democracy in the name of long march.

“All the bars have condemned the long march and termed it a conspiracy against the democracy,” he added.

He said the leader of the long march should read through the Constitution first instead of trying to teach it to the others. “The way to dissolve [parliament] is written in the Constitution,” he said, adding that the demand of suspending parliament was unconstitutional.

The secretary went on to add that staging a sit-in at a time when parliament was due to complete its tenure was tantamount to derailing democracy.

Raja also appealed to all stakeholders to create a friendly atmosphere for immediate free and fair elections. Responding to a question, he said the protest by lawyers’ was not against any constitutional act.

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

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Reader Comments (19)

  • M_ALI
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:50AM

    please asma, just one time, just one time try and give a positive statement and be happy

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  • Ricky
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:00AM

    Asma you are my hero, never afraid to tell the truth and fight for democracy and human rights. Is it possible that PM Raja finally had the Abbottabad Commission Report and he was going to release it? The elected govt should choose another leader of the house/PM and promptly release the facts about the presence of OBL in army base. Just like H. Rehman Commission report was published soon after NS govt was overthrown by the army. Both these reports should come out as people have a right to know the truth.

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  • Only wiseman
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:07AM

    Why does she always look to take on PPP’s spokesperson seat? No matter me’am whatever you do, chances of you being the caretaker PM are very slim.

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  • Umer
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:10AM

    “Why did the arrest order for Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf come after the long march entered Islamabad? Was the prime minister fleeing the country?”

    This is a very valid question which every sane person is wondering about.

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  • XX
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Of course it’s a conspiracy. Thing is though, unlike you, it’s not an evil conspiracy. And naturally people prefer that a good-natured conspiracy help them defeat an evil-natured one.

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  • Bee
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:23AM

    Asma, Should the courts wait for an appropriate time so that the PM is not inconvenienced?
    Don’t you know that Justice is blind!

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Raja Pervez Ashraf behind the jail’s fences.When this time shall come and when the Pakistani nation shall it????

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  • PTI Mardan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Asma jehangir has lived her life working for corrupt people

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  • Rana
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:43AM

    Come on there are less than two months remaining for these assemblies to go after completion their legal tenure! Your personal bias against CJ provokes you to issue a baseless statement!

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  • what nonsense!!!
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:47AM

    For the last 5 years i have constantly seen this woman critisize every single decision of the SC, not one decision has she praised ever, be it shahzeb khan case, asghar khan case and now rental power.

    i think its high time that those who look upto her as a respectable social and judicial activist must rethink their views on her because i rarely rarely see her critisizing corruption, bad governance of the govt but everytime any SC decision comes out, she comes on air within minutes to blatantly critisize through stupid conspiracy theories and illogical arguments.

    i have even seen her a number of times participating in meetings with nawaz sharif and zardari.

    Has she ever given any proof of her conspiracy theories like link between Qadri and SC order or establishment being behind the TuQ movement?

    Is she blind to not see SC taking action for media accountability, military and ISI accountability (as in Asghar Khan case and missing persons case), actions against NAB chairman and evil government of Balochistan?

    Keeping these arguments in mind, i think she might as well be on the payroll of political parties or may be she herself wants to be the CJ! this might sound like a conspiracy too but then how is it different from what she has been doing and saying for the last 5 years?**

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:53AM

    Also one is bound to believe that the flare up at LOC is also not a co-incidence.

    Pak army did it on purpose to gain people’s support as it tries to topple the government with the help of the judiciary, Qadri and Mr. Khan.

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  • O2
    Jan 16, 2013 - 12:20PM

    @Ricky:
    Indian mind your own business.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 12:44PM

    Asma you never raise your voice against rental raja’s corruption so let the court decide,it’s not your job to tell court what to do and please don’t make Pakistani people confuse to make that kind of irresponsible statement.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Asma don’t try to make stupid statement and make people confused let the court decide,let criminals get punished.please try to think before you speak.

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  • Umar
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:26PM

    This is cheap way to please Zardari in a bid to become caretake PM. Not a work against government by thses so called leader of lawyers

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  • Deendayal M.Lulla
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Lawyers can protest and speak out. But what about litigants? How can they protest an unfair judgement? Why cannot there be laws for litigants’ protection? Asma is right in telling that there is a conspiracy. Will the public be empowerd? If somebody has the capacity to organise protest march to dictate his terms to the government.like it happened in India when self-appointed crusaders against corruption went on fasts,and succeeded in forcing the government to do their bidding,without talking of empowering the public. The image of the judiciary has been shattered. Let there be a survey on this issue,to know public perception.

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  • Zeeshan Khan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:42PM

    Asma ji now you are talking but you did not talk a word when people in qeuta were sitting in. When raja rental looted billions. Recommend

  • c. Khan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:57PM

    I have heard the speach of Qadri. What he is saying is not wrong. I am dafraid, the Landlord are very powerful. Pakistan of Qaid is a fair slogen. If the demands are accepted even then it is nor sure that the new elected will remain honest. You have to change the Edu. sys. also.

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  • Trax
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Be positive and smile a lot:) it does wonders for everyone!

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