PTI jumps to higher judiciary’s defence on Arsalan Iftikhar case

Published: June 10, 2012
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PTI’s central secretary of information Shafqat Mahmood further explained his party’s stance on the Arsalan Iftikhar bribery case during a press conference at the Insaf House on Saturday.

PTI’s central secretary of information Shafqat Mahmood further explained his party’s stance on the Arsalan Iftikhar bribery case during a press conference at the Insaf House on Saturday.

KARACHI: 

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf stands with the independent judiciary and would thwart any attempt to malign Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and the Supreme Court, announced PTI chairman Imran Khan in a statement issued on Saturday. 

PTI’s central secretary of information Shafqat Mahmood further explained his party’s stance on the Arsalan Iftikhar bribery case during a press conference at the Insaf House on Saturday.  He said that the government was trying to malign the superior judiciary of the country.

Mahmood claimed that the ruling government hatched felt threatened by the “independent and courageous” decisions of the Supreme Court, including those in the prime minister’s contempt of court case and the National Reconciliation Ordinance case. “President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Riaz Malik are the principal characters of the conspiracy.” While not offering any proofs, Mahmood said that business relations between Riaz Malik and the president were well known. Imran Khan also pointed out in his statement that Malik had acknowledged that he paid for vacations and shopping sprees for Arsalan Iftikhar.

This was done to entrap and blackmail the chief justice’s son and, therefore, to undermine the chief justice’s integrity.

The PTI, however, maintained that the Arsalan Iftikhar case should be thoroughly investigated and Arsalan should be punished if proven guilty. However, the charges against Arsalan should not reflect upon the chief justice.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2012.

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  • Nadir
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:23AM

    What about Malik Riaz’s business links with the Army? Doesn’t that suggest something or only his links with politicians are worthy of insights? Afterall, a part of Bahria Town is marketed as DHA!!

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  • Paindoon
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:01AM

    Thank you Imran Khan and PTI for standing with truth again.

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  • Noor
    Jun 10, 2012 - 9:00AM

    Good move

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  • ishaq
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:16AM

    Judiciary is over politicised Recommend

  • Sky
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Reminds me of news of the world and pakistan cricket Fiasco. How the Pakistani players were set up to take bribes by the news paper. But who won?

    The players with all their “innocence” we’re jailed which the paper cont. to publish ( until recently , was banned for anther controversy )

    My point. Even if some one is trying to set up Dr. Arsalan . He is an adult and should know and understand his position. He should remember the turmoil pakistan and Musharraf went through in past of alleged allegations against him.

    disclaimer. I am a die heart PTI fan but believe in fair judiciary even if the verdict is against the CJ or his family. No one is above law.

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  • Ashraf P
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:45AM

    @Paindoon: The truth is that the CJ is a clean and decent man. That does not make every one in his family the same too. Get real. Justice for all is what will make Pakistan a good nation. IK is wrong. If Arsalan is innocent, let the courts decide.

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  • Obaid
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Mr Khan: People live without electricity for most part of the day in the cruel summer weather. They are being crushed everyday by the soaring prices. The youth are unemployed, people are struggling to make the ends meet. DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY CARE IF SOMEONE IS TRYING MALIGN THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

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  • Animal Farm - Desi
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:09AM

    So the race is on between PML-N and PTI to win the sympathisers of CJ!! PML-N was quicker in announcing its decision, though!!

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  • Uza Syed
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:39AM

    @ishaq: Agree, it’s “over politicised” and is behaving like corrupt politicians, still wishes to be respected
    @Paindoon: Yeah, it takes a ‘paindoo’ simplisity to thank someone who is mainly responsible for politocising the judiciary for his political designs.
    @Nadir: What about Malik Riaz links with PTI and its so called ‘Jalsa’? What about Hamid Khan and Malik Riaz connection?

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  • Logic Europe
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:43AM

    So much suport from politicianz?
    Does CJ need it?

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  • John
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:59AM

    We should all wait for the honorable court to decide the issue and not make our own decisions. Once the decision is before us then we should decide accordingly.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:48PM

    Ashraf P…yr first 2 line correct…but read PTI`s last para that if Arsalan is guilty he shud be punished, further let law takes its own course….& this is maintained by all…Recommend

  • Tch tch
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:49PM

    @Ashraf P:
    From the Article:
    The PTI, however, maintained that the Arsalan Iftikhar case should be thoroughly investigated and Arsalan should be punished if proven guilty. However, the charges against Arsalan should not reflect upon the chief justice.
    and the press release:
    http://insaf.pk/News/tabid/60/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/11706/Chairman-Imran-Khan-calls-Arsalan-Iftikhar-Case-a-conspiracy-against-independent-judiciary.aspx
    Ik has been wrong but not in this caseyour point of view and his is the same. And essentially correct.

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  • O B Server
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:54PM

    If Arslan was indeed paid and entertained, it was to buy favour and influence over his father or to malign his name; However there is no allegation against the CJ; the court has to get to the bottom of this as it is an attempt to subvert justice; The guilty must be punished.
    CJ is held in high esteem for his decisions to date regarding this matter.

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  • Falcon
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:05PM

    @Ashraf P:
    You might want to read the news clip again. That’s what PTI is saying as well that if Arsalan is at fault, he should be brought to justice. Am I missing something?

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  • aley
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:07PM

    A balanced analysis in Dawn’s editorial today, may be some of the zealots would care to read…as i was wondering can we argue and support for a saner cause?
    http://dawn.com/2012/06/10/a-commission-is-needed/

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  • Azhar
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:08PM

    @Paindoon: Only Imran Khan of PTI (not Imran Khan Indian Actor) knows the truth, rest of the world is stupid.

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  • Blithe
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:29PM

    Again , very late off the mark and trying
    to play catch up to PML N

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  • Expatriate
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Will the spokesperson of PTI explain what are implied and explicit meanings of
    the statements attributed to accused and his dad;
    1. Father is not responsible for the acts of his son.
    2. I visited London with my family and stayed in flat during 2009,2010 and
    2011.
    London is amongst top five expensive cities of the world.How on earth a working
    person can afford holidays every year in a city like London?

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  • Shahzad
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Conclusions based on logic prevail because they are likely to be closer to the truth. On the contrary conclusion based on subscribed motives may be a good starting point for an investigation but rarely establish the truth.

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  • Abdul Jabbar PTI
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:03PM

    @Ashraf P: dont be a paindoo. did u not hear what rauf klasra said yesterday: CJ was given the option to resign or take back all the cases against MR.He refused so his Achilles heel (Arsalan) was brought to the fore.
    if AI is guilty, he should be taken to task and not the CJ.
    So IK is right to jump to CJ defence.
    Hence, proven.

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  • Omar
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:03PM

    @Expatriate:
    imran khan nstays at his ex-wife mothers house he has said this several times on interviews watch newsbeat with fareha idrees the latest 1 with ik in it

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  • asad shah
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:07PM

    This spokesman of PTI has always been in favour of military rule throughout his career. This is no secret in political circles. Its quite funny to see pti trolls respecting him as he was a very well reputed and sane politician. This guy doesn’t have a personality at all nor does he have principles. But thats fine to the trolls as long as he is in pti. I cant even think of getting ruled by people like Shafqat Mehmood. He is just a opportunist. Shame on IK for including these kind of people in the party and even giving them main party posts. Such double standards of pti are making neutral voters think again about who to vote for next time. May god save this country from these hypocrites.

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  • abc
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:56PM

    This is nothing but to put the judiciary under control. We people should focus on our country economics and development. I would corroborate the stance of PTI. People must now clearly ostracize the hypocrites and consider the one who is there above his personal gain. In the next general election *Vote for pakistan .*

    Pakistan Zindabad :)

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  • tali
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Arslan was not an infant who does not know who was feeding him? He has been corrupt since he passed Fsc pre medical with grade “C” and got admission in Medical college.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Judiciary does not need Imran’s support. By the way, who is he? He has no representation in parliament. He is not a business tycoon nor a media anchor. Is he afraid that like Dr. Arsalan, his sponsord visits to foreign countries will be exposed too? Can anyone tell that without any reasonable source of income, how can he live a luxurious life?

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  • Muhammad Ishaq
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:51PM

    PTI- Please wake up. People are not going to support you for getting in the way fort fair inquiry. When someone is getting graft, it is foolish argument to accuse others for trapping him.

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  • Fazal
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:22PM

    PTI is disappointing the masses and people are fed up their so-called tsunami March and fake slogans. On loadsheding PTI is a silent spectator. When the people like Ibrar ul Haq will be the leader of youth, what can we expect. Imran Khan has been trapped. No policies. The people like me are changing their mind again and looking to vote for PML-N.

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  • Umer
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:23PM

    The PTI, however, maintained that the
    Arsalan Iftikhar case should be
    thoroughly investigated and Arsalan
    should be punished if proven guilty.
    However, the charges against Arsalan
    should not reflect upon the chief
    justice.

    What a joke Imran’s response is. He accepts the need to investigate Arsalan and yet still blame it on PPP. Talk about contradictions. Imran has PPP-phobia. He is just too desperate to become PM.

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  • A.S.Ahamed Farooq
    Jun 10, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Imran Khan’s stance in respect of the allegation of corruption against Arsalan Ifthikar is praiseworthy.He wants the charges to be thoroughly investigated and if Arsalan is found guilty of the allegations he be punished irrespective of the fact that he is the son of Chief Justice of Pakistan.The fact is that the PPP leadership which has suffered immensely by the rulings given on various cases by the Supreme Court,is determined to malign the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court.Their grudge against the Chief Justice is that he has been meting out justice without fear or favour He is being targeted by bringing in allegations against his son.

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 10, 2012 - 9:32PM

    This is one of those things where it’s better to speak as an individual rather than in the name of a political group.
    Such as:
    Imran Khan says …
    Rather than
    PTI says …
    As it’s not bad at all for people to have personal opinions of what’s going on. But, a political group automatically politicizes the judiciary further. Since they’re doing it with voters in mind, subtle or otherwise, it will catch the oppositions attention and then cause them to get in on it and so on. It also ends up completely derailing the point if it goes that far.

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  • Reza Ali
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:11PM

    @Paindoon:
    Imran Khan and truth – doesn’t go together, never has – ever since his cricketing days, his ball tampering days, his betting on our cricket matches, his gambling days …. the less said the better.

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  • Khurram Khalid
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:17PM

    What conspiracy? If there is a conspiracy against the Cj, then that is hatched by none other than his own son. He is the one who allegedly took favours and money from the business tycoon and by others in the telecom business. It is the CJ’s own family members who enjoyed those luxurious foreign trips. It is the CJ himself who looked the other way when it was all happening. It is the group of four journalists who are considered to be most close to the CJ -Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi, Shahid Masood, and Kamran Khan- who broke this story to the public. It is the PMLN and PTI politicians who are otherwise considered to be the most ardent supporters of the CJ who first spoke publicly about it. It is simply ridiculous to say that the PPP is behind this scandal. There is no conspiracy against the CJ and his family as they themselves and their greed is responsible for this state of affairs.

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  • Naveed Javed
    Jun 11, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Thank You PTI for once again proving that you are still an immature party- Best Wishes for elections 2054! ;)

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  • Muhammad Ali
    Jun 11, 2012 - 5:23PM

    what a single track fixated minded party this PTI is coming out to be.

    Still corruption allegation against CJ need to be looked at, that supreme court swept under the carpet a while ago and did not let it heard at an approperiate forum
    Would Imran like to answer how Arsalan made such a big wealth in a shortest time.
    Is CJ couldnt see the change of lifestyle of his son with luxurious visits abroad?

    Imran do no support a tradition that further takes Pakistan down to nowhere which PTI is eventually going to face as well. Just a matter of time..Recommend

  • Naveed Abbas
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:27PM

    PTI: Food for thought,

    Do not get emotional and wait for the actual facts and truth. Lets not undermine anyone. Stay professional. Thanks

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  • AS
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Imran Khan you lost my vote today. Sorry, I can’t trust IK to run Pakistan if he has no qualms about supporting greed in its ugliest form. I’m switching my allegiance to Musharraf from today.

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  • Jun 12, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @Sky: iYa Khuda, you call these players innocent.

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  • TJ
    Jun 12, 2012 - 9:08PM

    so IK doesn’t mind judiciary’s corruption but wants to throw democracy in the bin because of the politicians corruption. never expected any better from PTI :)

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  • pahad
    Jun 12, 2012 - 10:21PM

    I do not think the judiciary needs crutches of Imran. It can stand on its own.

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  • Ilyad
    Jun 12, 2012 - 11:03PM

    It is good to stand for the truth, and by the truth, but in this country every thing is far from the truth. I would advise, in my two cents, for PTI to becareful in their stance lest they have to stand against this judiciary again for truth. It is the same CJ who sat in the front seat of Mr. Aitizaz Ahsan’s car during the campaign for his restoration. Now he cannot stand the PPP? if all this is not poilitical then what is it? There were times when the judges were never seen mingling with everyone, everywhere to maintain their objectivity and independence. Now public appearences is the highlight of their lives.

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  • dr. arif
    Jun 12, 2012 - 11:51PM

    It is an eager rather sentimental move on behalf of Imran. He has still not learned to control his impulsiveness. Alas!

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