Faisal Raza Abidi demands Chief Justice's resignation

Abidi held Justice Chaudhry responsible for the alleged financial impropriety done by his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

Sidrah Moiz August 05, 2012

While hurling fiery allegations at Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on Sunday demanded a resignation from him and other judges who were reinstated under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

During a press conference in Islamabad, Abidi held Justice Chaudhry responsible for the alleged financial impropriety done by his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

The senator said that if the chief justice does not tender a resignation, then he will “force him out from the same way he had been restored as a judge.”

“He [Justice Chaudhry] says that he did not have any idea where his son got all that money from...I ask, when the case emerged, did you ask him where he got Rs900 million from?”

The senator produced bank account statements of Dr Arsalan and said that the person who used to “work under somebody else” now owns billions of rupees. He also showed that the billing address mentioned was that of the Chief Justice House in Islamabad.

“You [Justice Chaudhry] are to be blamed for this. This happened right in front of you. You cannot pretend to not know anything. Who gave Dr Arsalan the right to use government’s property for running his own businesses? Could he not rent out an office in some other area?”

He said that he would now “personally” investigate about Dr Arsalan’s assets and will also fly to Dubai and London to inquire about his international bank accounts. “I will probe into the accounts he has activated under the name of mamu.

Abidi said that the Parliament is supreme and is above other institutions.

“Parliament forms laws and constitutions. Who gave you the right to criticise and meddle in its affairs?”

“I accept your challenge in the war you have waged against the parliament. But mine is not a war of arms, but is a war of words, because Pakistan cannot afford agitation at this moment as it is already going through tough times.”


Sahib | 11 years ago | Reply

@Asad: Any pakistani Citizen has the right to question CJ.Look at his past record,he is very corrupt Judge. Start from his Domicile.he is took advantage to apply from the the Quetta seat. Twice he took oath as PCO Judge Violating Constitution.He used his influence as CJ to accumulate Billion Rs. in 2 - 3 yrs. Pakistani Parliment should remove him from the Judiciery and put him on trial for Corruption.

Mohammed Arif | 11 years ago | Reply

It is a kiddy statement that Abdi is planted. He is a right hand of Zardar so-what, even a made person or drunk, come to police station and tells that he saw a dead body, his statement cannot be ignored because he is made, Police has to go to find out the fact. Therefore whoever or whatever charges are levelled against CJ, must be addressed and investigation is required. Without any investigation how can you punish Abdi? Remember he is a member Senate. He is not only one who blamed CJ, Reference was sent by ex-president to Judiciary was also based on different complaints and some complainants were related to judiciary. As a matter of principle, already existed judicial commission for such purpose should investigate the matter of Mercedes Car and bills of petrol etc...... We need a neat and clean Chief Justice. Abdi is a citizen of Pakistan and a Senator, if you want to prove he is liar, you must investigate the matter.

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