Distancing itself: PPP to steer clear of case involving chief justice’s son

Published: June 9, 2012
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PM Gilani talking to Acting Governor Nisar Khuhro and 
Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah during call on meeting at Governor House. PHOTO: APP

PM Gilani talking to Acting Governor Nisar Khuhro and Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah during call on meeting at Governor House. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: The ruling party has decided to stay away from the recent fiasco involving the chief justice’s son and a real estate tycoon, and the president and the premier issued orders to the effect on Friday.

President Asif Ali Zardari directed all party members to refrain from commenting on the alleged corruption case involving Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, reportedly at a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and acting Governor Nisar Khuhro at Bilawal House on Friday.

According to sources, the meeting was not a formal one and was a routine call made by the chief minister on the president’s return from China.

Official spokesperson for the president Farhatullah Babar was not available to officially confirm the remarks attributed to President Zardari.

Media reports suggested that the president issued the directives to keep the Pakistan Peoples Party away from any controversy arising out of the case. He also reportedly said that the PPP believed in an independent judiciary. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani issued the same directives at a meeting at the Governor House on Friday.

“We hold the judiciary in high esteem. The Pakistan Peoples Party has played front role in the restoration of the judges and the independence of the judiciary. The party has given more sacrifices than any other political party for the cause of the judiciary,” he said.

“We cannot even think of becoming a part of any conspiracy against the judiciary,” the premier added.

(Read: Untangled interests)

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Mirza
    Jun 9, 2012 - 6:19AM

    Great decision on the part of PPP. They do not have to be a party in this corruption case involving many generals and CJ’s son. Let the CJ keep making wrong legal and bad political decisions in which he has boxed himself in. Now that cat is out of the bag and the independent media and intellectuals would deal with the issue. For a change the shoe is on the other foot.

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  • Usman
    Jun 9, 2012 - 8:02AM

    @Mirza:
    It’s a political decision. No party has done more damage (or tried to) to our Justice System than the PPP. We have short memories, but they’re not that short!

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  • Iram
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:07AM

    @Usman: There is another party done more damage and that is PMLN, attacked on the court of then chief justice Sajjad Ali Shah. PPP did not make any attempt yet.

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  • Beatle
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:11AM

    @Usman:
    You have put the things exactly the opposite, my friend. Look at the history, near and far, No one has tried to damage and destry the PPP more than our so-called Justice System.
    Its a recognised universal fact, ehether someone agrees or not.

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 9, 2012 - 1:09PM

    Sick of PPP and its double games..Recommend

  • Mute
    Jun 9, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Instead we commenting on each passing second, we must just watch whats happening now…
    Being Pakistani we should encourage our Hnrble Supreme Court.

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  • LIAQAT ALI
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:03PM

    CJP is great hope for Pakistan.All political parties including PMLN but more esepcially PPP consider him threat to their vested interest and will work behind the scene to destroy him..I hope for the sake of Pakitsan they dont succeed.CJP’s son may as well prove to be corrupt and he must be punished but that does not and must not impact the Supremme court and its upright chief Justice.

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  • Ajamal
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Not a PPP supporter, but welcome this decision and hope jialas stick to it.

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  • Yamin
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:34PM

    @Usman, you shamelessly forgot PMLN attack on Supreme Court in 1997. Come on guy demand resignation from CJ also. Corruption is a crime whether it sis done by a Sindhi politician or a Punjabi judge or general

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  • Rehmat Ch.
    Jun 9, 2012 - 4:37PM

    @Usman You seem to have shorter memory even. You trying to put the facts quite upside down and criminally ignoring what PMLN did to judiciary in 1997. Telling lies is a hallmark of PMLN politics.

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:34AM

    How come. Raja Riaz , Qamar Zaman and others are giving statements every day. How they will keep clear from this case.

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  • black and white
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:57PM

    ………….zardari’s political strategy rests on his capacity to outwait his enemy, that is to wait to the point where his opponent strangles himself, or the events so conspire that his opponent has discredited himself in the eyes of people! a brilliant political strategist and the biggest beneficiary of the current imbroglio where his enemies are bludgeoning one another to the blue!

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