Democracy Derailed?: ‘Memogate a conspiracy against govt’

Published: December 29, 2011
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LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party foreign liaison committee chairman Prof Ijazul Hasan said on Wednesday the memo issue was being blown out of proportion to derail democracy in the country. He said even if it were to be believed that a memo was sent to the US, what was the harm in asking US to use its influence to prevent a collapse of the democratic government. He questioned asked rhetorically how a government could be accused of treason for seeking another country’s assistance to prevent any unconstitutional step by unrepresentative state institutions. He said similar US intervention had been sought by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz govt in the past. He said the courts’ job was to uphold and interpret the constitution and not to ridicule a representative political party or the president.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2011.

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  • Arif
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:10PM

    The good Professor should be told that PPP should stop this “save-democracy” rhetoric and “cry-wolf” slogans. Two wrongs do not make it right. What PML-N did in 1999 was wrong and what your leadership alleged to have done through this memo is also wrong. And, by the way, DEMOCRACY was supposed to be means to an end (something called GOOD GOVERNANCE!!!), and not the end itself. and why are you guys afraid of an independent judicial investigation into the matter??Recommend

  • Sachal Sarmast
    Dec 29, 2011 - 7:05PM

    Dear Prof Ijazul Hasan, it is shameful argument. If you are threatened by mischievous unconstitutional methods, why don’t you go to people and other political parties. Any whimsical person or group will think ten times to overthrow you, if other political forces and people are around you and they would be forced to back you if you give them good governance, rule of law and healthy political environment

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  • Truth
    Dec 30, 2011 - 4:47AM

    Existance of PPP is conspiracy against Pakistani nation

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