Govt, allied parties agree to replace 'illegal' Contempt bill with new law

Published: August 4, 2012
President Zardari along with prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf attend a meeting of coalition partners. PHOTO: PID/FILE

President Zardari along with prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf attend a meeting of coalition partners. PHOTO: PID/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party and its allies have agreed to revert to their own stomping ground, the Parliament to come up with another law to replace the Contempt of Court bill which was struck down by the Supreme Court on Friday, Express News reported.

Meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Saddar in a post-iftar meeting, all allied parties said agreed to dissect the new law on the floor of the parliament.

Reportedly, those present in the meeting drew strength from the President’s statement that “the Parliament is supreme.”

It is expected that an appeal will be filed against the SC decision on the previous law.

The meeting, attended by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, discussed the law and the decision by the apex court and the developing political situation in the country.

It was decided to review the deficiencies pointed out by the supreme court and come up with a new draft bill which will be debated in the parliament.

The participants of the meeting also discussed the deadline given by the Lahore High Court over President Zardari holding two offices, that of President of Pakistan and co-chairman PPP.

Since the meeting had been initially called two days ago to discuss the energy situation, the Prime Minister briefed the gathering on that front.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • suraj
    Aug 4, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Try n Try n Try.. Nothing wrong..


  • Mirza
    Aug 4, 2012 - 12:46AM

    What a bunch of thugs!


  • abc
    Aug 4, 2012 - 12:51AM

    PTI was right that all the political parties in the government including PML N will coalesce at the end to protect the corrupt mafias.


  • Asad Murtaza
    Aug 4, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Now these politicians will run left and right. It is blessing for Pakistani people that the Judiciary and Army are still with the public and they won’t let any rules Pass a law that makes them special and above the law.

    The ‘democratic’ rulers will now develop another law just to mess with SC and just to stall it so they can enjoy another 6-8 months of loot till next elections.

    Makes one wonder if the top leadership has any sense of responsibility and dignity. What is the point of making laws that make the top few special and above the law – while the regular Pakistanis are dying in loadshedding (6-18 hrs a day). Is that the mandate the people gave them when they were elected? To bully the SC. Why isn’t the power situation not resolved in 5 years? Why is there no law and order in Karachi and Balochistan in 5 years? Why is killers of Benazir not caught in 5 years when her husband is the supreme leader of Pakistan?

    Think about it my fellow Pakistanis. Please thinkRecommend

  • Mirza
    Aug 4, 2012 - 12:55AM

    The elected coalition should listen to Dr. Ahsan and other lawyers who had reservations against this law. After a careful review of the SC decision they should draft a new law that is better than imposed by Gen Mush in 2003 and approved by the PCO SC judges then and once again now. The parliament is flexible, and openly debates and should not leave any excuse for the judges to stick to Mush’s law of 2003.


  • Fatah
    Aug 4, 2012 - 1:05AM

    America supports Zardari because he is corrupt and works for America, against Pakistan.

    Shame on any Pakistani that supports PPP or PML.


  • Not me
    Aug 4, 2012 - 1:18AM

    I just fail to understand the wisdon,if any,o fthe allied parties.Does Paksitan come first?


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 4, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Why the government and its allies are bent upon in creating a direct clash with the judiciary?

    If the parliament is supreme than the parliament should respect the Constitution of Pakistan which was made by the PPP during Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto tenure with the help of its coalition partner got the Constitution signed by every political and religious leader.


  • SaqibTahir
    Aug 4, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Passive resistance is the best policy over the acts of aggression against parliament and other elected institutions.


  • Javed
    Aug 4, 2012 - 2:35AM

    The country is hungry, thirsty and homeless and while these nawabs and feudal duffers continue to enjoy their turn at musical chairs. They say ‘nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

    I wonder when the idea that Pakistan must have true land reforms such that these feaduals are cleansed will take hold? After how much more misery at the hands of a few thousands inflicted upon millions and millions will we see a system based on true equity?

    How much more blood of the common man be spilled before the blue blood looses its luster?


  • Logic europe
    Aug 4, 2012 - 2:47AM

    The judicial coup against electrd parliament must be resisted and parliament should stand its ground


  • arif
    Aug 4, 2012 - 2:52AM

    Ofcourse this is the most important issue facing the country. Allah pleaae forgive us for our sins and rid rid us off these scumbags.


  • a&a
    Aug 4, 2012 - 2:55AM

    Tom & Jerry show begin again . . .??? ;-)


  • Lala Gee
    Aug 4, 2012 - 3:04AM

    “Reportedly, those present in the meeting drew strength from the President’s statement that “the Parliament is supreme.””

    Just declare straightforwardly all politicians above the law and corruption legal. All problems solved. As simple as that.


  • Khalq e khuda
    Aug 4, 2012 - 3:09AM

    A befitting reply to the PCO courts: if they want a fight PPP should give them one!


  • Abid Zafar
    Aug 4, 2012 - 3:19AM

    Great thinking Mr President. History be witness that it was judiciary which took the path to confrontation and the parliament which the rule of law and Constitution.

    The people of Pakistan are with you!Recommend

  • zareen Soomro
    Aug 4, 2012 - 4:28AM

    Our beloved CJ should have realised that this rule of law is the turf of PPP: and his charlatan claim to the throne of the Constitution while dislodging a democratic government will not be accepted without a fight.


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