Comply with SC orders or face protest movement, warns Nawaz Sharif

PML-N to hold long march across country, invites all parties to join.


Web Desk April 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD/ LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif warned the government on following the Supreme Court’s order in the prime minister contempt of court case or face a protest movement. “The movement will start this week. It will start today.”

Speaking to the media on Monday after chairing the party’s Central Working Committee meeting in Islamabad, Sharif recalled the Judges’ Restoration movement in 2009 and called on the people to show the same zeal to restore the rule of law in the country.

“After restoring the judges, I thought that the law will prevail in the country but that did not happen. The Zardari government never accepted the law and refused to comply with the court orders,” Sharif complained.

He added that all over the world, leaders step down from their posts after being convicted but here the government ‘makes fun’ of the court orders and the leaders keep ‘sticking’ to their posts.

The party chief called on the opposition parties as well as ‘every Pakistani’ to come out on the streets to take the country forward. “I invite all the opposition parties to rise above all political differences and unite for this cause,” said Sharif adding that the party will also approach the Election Commission of Pakistan to pass a decision regarding Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s disqualification.

“I am very upset today, we are standing at a tragic point. We had dreamt that the country would be run in a beautiful manner… I signed the Charter of Democracy. I would have been satisfied and a happy Pakistani if the government worked according to the charter. But this government has disappointed me.

“If the government had done some good work, I would have been happy to see it in power for five more years… But we can’t hand over the government to animals.”

The decision to hold a long march to pressurise Prime Minister Gilani to step down was taken during the party’s Central Working Committee attended by senior leaders including Ahsan Iqbal and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The party’s parliamentary committee will be meeting under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Nisar shortly.

The PML-N has repeatedly called for Gilani to step down as prime minister since the Supreme Court of Pakistan convicted him in a contempt of court case after he refused to write a letter to Swiss authorities, asking that cases against President Asif Ali Zardari be reopened.

The largest opposition party – PML-N – has already announced it would continue to force the ruling PPP to nominate a new prime minister.

Gilani has repeatedly refused to step down, and has recently stated that his conviction has nothing to do with disqualification.

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COMMENTS (61)

Abdul Maalik | 9 years ago | Reply

@Roadkashehzada Do you think that we, the people of Pakistan, are fool or do you think that you are too much clever? There is no clause in constitution through which govt can call impeachment of chief justice.The only way to remove chief justice is through article 209.Impeachment can only be done for president.Resigning from assemblies will not result in writing the letter to swiss courts; rather, it will pave a straight way for new elections.After the new elections, if opposition parties get elected they will be able to write thousands of such letters.It is as simple.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson | 9 years ago | Reply

Mr. NS and his party is 100% sure that their leader/Party has no chance either to form a government in Punjab so what to talk about in center. I think this is the reason they want to derail democratic growth in the country. In Punjab it is said ' Na Khaydan gay tay Nai e Khaydun DewaaN gay" this means, neither we will play nor we will allow others to play. In fact they are bunch of businessmen who have nothing to do with the welfare of ordinary person other than of their own class. Simply delicate darlings who can not face hardships.

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