Only ‘executive’ can comment on political parties, says apex lawyers' body

Published: May 4, 2019
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ISLAMABAD  : The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Saturday said that under the Constitution of Pakistan, only an executive of the country was responsible to speak about activities of a political party and take any action against it.

“Pakistan being the democratic republic as per its Constitution is supposed to be governed and run under the constitutional mandate which specifically determines and prescribes the role and duties of different organs of [the] state,” Vice-Chairman PBC Syed Amjad Shah said in a statement issued today.

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Shah added, “It is, therefore, the responsibility, under the constitution, of the executive to speak about activities of a political party and take an action against it if such activities are found against the interest and sovereignty of the State.”

“Any other institution, in no way, is authorised under the Constitution, to comment upon and take action in that regard.”

The vice-chairman said that the military spokesperson’s recent remarks regarding activities of a specific political party are “…not in accord with constitutional provisions…”.

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Last month, the military spokesperson had hinted at possible legal action against the leadership of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), stating that “those who are playing in others’ hands, their time is up”.

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  • Naveed Khan
    May 4, 2019 - 4:47PM

    Argues Constitution allows only ‘executive’ to comment on political parties:

    We believe it is the right of army to take action against those who are traitors and those who are supporting these traitors whether it is any Political Party. Bar Council should focus on their work rather than Pocking their nose in these affairs for the support of Political Party.

    Nothing wrong with it. War is not just weapons and borders. Wars are fought through political parties, Media, financially struggling people ready to do anything for money, false information and the the defenders of this country need to defend it through all dimensions. Other wise, we will loose this 5th generation war and suffer a huge loss.

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