CHISHTIAN: Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday ruled out the possibility of a role for either the military or the judiciary in the interim set-up that will succeed the incumbent government in Islamabad in March, Radio Pakistan reported.
Addressing Chishtian Bar Association‚ Kaira made it clear that no extra-constitutional step will be tolerated and that the Constitution only lists a political president as a requirement.
He called upon the judiciary to avoid involvement in political decisions as it raises eyebrows on judiciary's role. "We respect courts and their decisions," he added.
The information minister said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government believes in the service of the people and does not pay any heed to conspiracies.
The minister announced a grant of one million rupees for Chishtian Bar Association.
Breaking militant’s back
Kaira told the gathering that the government has broken the back of Taliban. He said Pakistan is playing the role of a front-line state in the war against terrorism in the region.
Later‚ addressing PPP workers convention in Chishtian‚ the information minister said the PPP government has taken many steps for the welfare of the people.
He said the return of Benazir Bhutto to the country also paved the way for the return of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif.
On dual office of the president, the minister said the PML-N leadership must understand the fact that President Asif Ali Zardari's office of PPP Co-Chairman was honorary.
"The PML-N must elaborate whether it wants a democratic president or a conspirator in the Presidency," he added.
The information minister said unfortunately, the Presidency had been a root of conspiracies against democracy in the past but President Zardari strengthened the democracy by relinquishing all powers to the prime minister including the atomic control.
Kaira added that Zardari chose the Presidency to safeguard democracy against all machinations, although he could easily become the prime minister himself.
The minister stressed only a political president could protect the country, adding that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had created Pakistan through a political role.
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