PPP disowns senator for anti-judiciary remarks

Bars Faisal Abidi from presidency, issues show-cause notice.

Qamar Zaman August 06, 2012


The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Monday suspended firebrand Senator Faisal Raza Abidi from its core committee and issued a show-cause notice over his recent diatribe against the judiciary.

Media reports, meanwhile, said the lawmaker has also been barred from entering the presidency following his apparent contemptuous tone and overt criticism of the chief justice of Pakistan.

The PPP parliamentarian lashed out at Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry during a news conference a day earlier, levelling serious allegations against the apex court chief judge while asking him to step down.

Visibly upset over the new contempt law being nullified by the court, Abidi accused the chief justice of pitching two state institutions against each other. He also distributed copies of the bank statements of a company allegedly owned by the chief justice’s son Dr Arsalan and bearing the billing address of the CJP’s official residence.

“The Pakistan Peoples Party has served a show-cause notice to Senator Abidi, asking him to explain his statements within the next 10 days,” a senior PPP member told The Express Tribune, adding the notice was served by the party’s general secretary Senator Jehangir Badar.

Abidi’s personal staff confirmed the notice has been received by him.

The Supreme Court, on the other hand, asked for a record of Abidi’s news conference following a petition filed by Advocate Tariq Asad seeking contempt of court proceedings against the PPP legislator.

The petitioner, while pleading the court to take “strict action” against Abidi, also cited the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as a respondent in the case.

On Sunday, Abidi demanded the resignation of all the judges who had earlier taken oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), including Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

Abidi, who clarified the views expressed by him were solely his own and not the party’s, grew more brusque over the course of the conference. “My mission will continue till I throw the PCO judges out of the court. It is my promise to you [CJP] that the nation will send you home from the same passage you [judges] had been brought back to the courts.”

He also blamed the chief justice for his son’s alleged misdeeds, vowing to travel to London and Dubai in order to collect documentary evidence against Dr Arsalan, who is accused of receiving bribes from real-estate developer Malik Riaz.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2012.

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