‘Justice delayed is justice denied’

Opposition expresses its concern over the slow pace of trial against NA deputy speaker’s ruling


Our Correspondent April 06, 2022
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressing a public gathering in Parachinar on March 26. PHOTO: PPP MEDIA CELL

ISLAMABAD:

 

The opposition on Wednesday vented its frustration over the delay in the Supreme Court verdict in the sou motu case against the ruling issued by the National Assembly deputy speaker that dismissed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on the pretext of a foreign conspiracy.

As the court adjourned the proceedings of the case till Thursday (today), PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif pointed out that the Constitution demanded justice and the delay would further embolden those who violated it.

“As fast as the Constitution was violated, the people expect justice to take place as rapidly too,” he added.

“It’s worrying for the people that those violated the Constitution within seconds are still not held responsible for their act despite the passage of several days.”

The PML-N president claimed that after the Centre, the Constitution was being violated in the largest province of the country, referring to Punjab.

“The elected representatives of the people are being prevented from entering the provincial assembly building by sealing its main entrance and barbed wire installed atop its boundary walls.”

Shehbaz claimed that the deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly was being allowed to carry on in an unconstitutional manner by using might and in violation of the Supreme Court directives and the Constitution. “This is rebellion.”

The PMKL-N president questioned as to what message was being delivered to the world by these actions that there was no law and Constitution in the country.

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“Imran Niazi is roaming free after murdering the Constitution, law and democracy. He is bent on taking down the whole system and the country along with himself.”

Separately, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that if a "coup" could be pulled off in 30 seconds, it should also be undone in about the same time.

"Justice delayed is justice denied," tweeted Bilawal as the hearing on the April 3 National Assembly fiasco continued for the third straight day in the top court.

The PPP chairman regretted the no-confidence motion filed by the PTI against its own deputy speaker in the Punjab Assembly.

He added that Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari was locked out of the assembly on the day of voting for the slot of the chief minister.

The PPP leader said that none of interim Prime Minister Imran Khan's "desperate measures" could now save him as his government was gone.

"Selected raj is over. The people are watching [and] history will record [as to] how he was brought in undemocratically and on his way out he set the Constitution on fire.”

 

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