Reconstitution of ECP: Tahirul Qadri files petition in SC

Published: February 7, 2013
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Tahirul Qadri talks with media representatives after submitting a petition in the Supreme Court in Islamabad on February 7, 2013.  PHOTO: AFP

Tahirul Qadri talks with media representatives after submitting a petition in the Supreme Court in Islamabad on February 7, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Tahirul Qadri filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Thursday for the reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Qadri said that he will contest the petition himself.

“I prayed to the court that the composition and constitution of the current Election Commission of Pakistan was unconstitutional. Therefore, it is void according to the law,” Qadri told the media, calling for the court to order the reconstitution of the commission.

Qadri argued that Article 218 of the Constitution defines the composition and constitution of the election commission and stated that the commission should have five members, including one chief election commissioner. “This article categorically states that the appointment of these five members should be done according to Article 213.

“Article 213 states that the prime minister, who is leader of the House, and the leader of opposition should propose three names for every post of election commission and then send the total 15 names to a parliamentary committee,” Qadri detailed.

The parliamentary committee, based on 50 per cent government representatives and 50 per cent opposition representatives should call for a public hearing to debate the 15 names received, Qadri added.

“The committee should call the nominees for each post one by one and then confirm one name for each post after a hearing. But the parliamentary committee members did ‘muk muka’ on names and did not call a hearing for any nominee. They confirmed the names and the president appointed them,” Qadri said.

He claimed that the current ECP has, therefore, no legal status.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Karim
    Feb 7, 2013 - 11:16AM

    I don’t understand why PML-N is opposing the reconstitution of ECP, if it has been constituted illegally.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Feb 7, 2013 - 11:19AM

    Dr.Qadri means business.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Feb 7, 2013 - 11:35AM

    Go Qadri Go!! You are the voice of the people and we note the stragglers have started to come into your camp. I guess they must have realized how wrong they were in not joining your Dharna earlier. PTI stands for Please Tell Imran, for he needs a real telling..

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  • Muhammad Tahir Younus
    Feb 7, 2013 - 11:38AM

    I don’t like this man, but electoral reforms and reconstitution of Election Commission is need of the hour.Recommend

  • Adeeb Farooq
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:01PM

    Where was Tahir ul Qadri sleeping during last 5 years. He is sent by Pervez Musharraf and Establishment to disturb the coming elections. PTI, Q League, MQM and Tahir ul qadri are puppets of Establishment.

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  • Jamal Javed
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Shameless politics of Tahir ul Qadri and PTI. They are seeing their defeat in the coming elections. That is why they are making a noise.

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  • Shumaila Ikram
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Alliance of PTI, Tahir ul Qadri, Pervez Musharraf, MQM and Q League is being made by Establishment against PML(N). Everyone is afraid of increasing popularity of PML(N). Beneficiary of all this game will be PPP. Shame for these parties who are dancing on the signals of Establishment.

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  • Nadia Mujeeb
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:16PM

    All independent surveys (Gallup, IRI and Economist) surveys are coming in favour of PML(N). That’s why so much noise by Tahir ul Qadri, PTI and Q League because their defeat is certain in the coming elections. Shame for PTI, Tahir ul Qadri and Q League.

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  • Baba Ji
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Where is he right now ?

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  • Nadeem Mujahid
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:18PM

    I dislike this man. He is a drama and fraud.

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  • Kaleem
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:19PM

    I guess our nation has decided to rest their brains and just rely on political leaders intellect. All PTI guys suddenly falling in favor of Qadri.

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  • Munaim
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:23PM

    Well, if you think, Dr. Qadri is an agent of establishment or he is just making a noise, let him try once..Supreme Court itself will throw him out.

    Come on, we all can see the common problem of everyone against him.

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  • Karim
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:27PM

    @Adeeb Farooq:
    if establishment can do such things then they deserve genuine tribute because they talk for the people of Pakistan not for few aristocrats.

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  • Saima Mubeen
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:28PM

    ALLAH save Pakistan from evil wills of Mr. Qadri and PTI.

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  • Hidayat
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:35PM

    Democratic process in Pakistan is in critical danger due to some actors. For example, TahirulQadri, Imran Khan and Ch. Shujaat. Allah save the nation from these actors.

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  • Bond
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:43PM

    Well may I ask Qadri in what capacity can he approach the Supreme court as he is a foreigner holding Canadian nationality and is not a Pakistani.Can he indulge in such acts.He is a spoiler came here to disrupt the democratic system under the command of his foreign masters.If he is so worried about the well being and clarity of election why does’nt he opt for Pakistani citizenship and fight election on its party platform because he knows his fate he wants to enter the govt through back channels and serve his masters who have donated him sanctuary in the heart of the city in Canada.DOUBLE FACED,UNPREDICTABLE CORRUPT PERSONALITY WITH DUBIOUS NATURE OF EVENTS HAVE CASTED A VERY HEINOUS IMAGE FOR SUCH PERSON. Recommend

  • popsaeed
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:44PM

    “Article 213 states that the prime minister, who is leader of the House, and the leader of opposition should propose three names for every post of election commission and then send the total 15 names to a parliamentary committee,” Qadri detailed.

    If government and opposition are two parties in this matter then why he says “MUK MUKA”

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  • Sunni Tehreek
    Feb 7, 2013 - 12:47PM

    Nothing wrong with the petition. Don’t understand why would any democractic party not support this.

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  • ishtiaq
    Feb 7, 2013 - 1:05PM

    Good move, Everything should be accordance with constitution, Tahir ul Qadri is the only leader who is fighting for supremacy of law.

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  • xoxo
    Feb 7, 2013 - 1:16PM

    there is no need to reconstitute ECP… uptill now ECP has taken such steps which were not even expected from other institutions except the SC.. what needs to be done is to make ECP more stronger

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  • Kashif Hussain
    Feb 7, 2013 - 1:32PM

    Petition should be rejected by Court.

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  • Masroor Qadir
    Feb 7, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Doctor sahib kindly leave Pakistan we are on paved to free elections let people regret their decision through their votes if they really see it .Our nation is very strong we know that what your mission is how you got the agreement by raising your victorious thought with cabinet. Know why you are playing in supreme court you trusted made an agreement. We also know what PTI wants and what their status is in current political scenarios so just go back to your country make some real amends there you were not here when we sacrificed so we don’t want you any more .here .

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Feb 7, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Another drama created by Qadri which will ultimately meet its fate.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Feb 7, 2013 - 2:54PM

    The timing of this petition just ahead of elections, is raising a lot of suspicions. PTI must stay away from him.

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  • ansar
    Feb 7, 2013 - 3:39PM

    Those going on about PML-N popularity need to open their eyes and look around. What has PML-N done in the last 5 years that shows they actually care about the people of Pakistan. Recent handing out of laptops does not replace the years of hardship Pakistani’s had to endure under their government in Punjab.
    Whether you like this man or not is not the point….he speaks of change…making the electoral system transparent…what’s wrong with that. Why are Pakistani’s so used to be ruled by looters that they cannot even see a good thing even when it hits them in the face.
    As for who sent him and all that stuff…well get your head out of your backside and listen to what he has to say and then pass judgements! Stupid questions like ‘where has he been…’ have been answered by him many times. You Pakistani’s really need a reality check!

    And why should the average pakistan be forced to vote people they want…so those who speak on ‘free elections’ here need to redefine what ‘free’ means to them becasue the Paksitan election system has not been ‘free and fair’ for decades!

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  • Down with Shariffs and Bhuttos
    Feb 7, 2013 - 3:44PM

    I dont know why but i have this feeling that most of Anti Qadri and Anti-PTI comments are coming from paid cyber warriors of PML(N). A sane common man can not support Shariffs for the destruction they have caused to Pakistan so far.

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  • Something Clever
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @ansar:
    Everyone speaking of PML-N’s popularity are referencing a poll, not their actions. A poll by the same people who once reported PTI was more popular and it was praised by PTI supporters.
    It’s more about entertainment value. PTI supporters are so despised by no fault of anyone but themselves that people can’t help but rub it in and watch the tantrums.

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  • Yousuf Ahmad
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:32PM

    @Down with Shariffs and Bhuttos:
    Well my friend you have a very wrong feeling.

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  • Logic Europe
    Feb 7, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Thos man is most articulate learned and intellectual person with honesty and dignity
    Whre are Pakistani people who always complain against their politicians ,Come and join this great man, a new hope, a moderate , a handsome well dressed and well spoken mulla

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  • Shahed
    Feb 7, 2013 - 9:38PM

    So ill informed. He is a dual national that means he is a Pakistani too. According to the constitution of Pakistan all dual nationals can take part in any activity of the country other than holding any public office. I hope this will educate Mr.Bond and all others who object to dual nationals taking part in politics of Pakistan.When we as dual nationals send our hard earned foreign exchange to Pakistan why do you accept it; please return it and say no thanks.Please stop bashing the loyalty of us,let me tell you we love Pakistan as much as you all if not more.

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  • Jain
    Feb 7, 2013 - 11:47PM

    @ishtiaq,
    Nice joke, do you have some more jokes to tell?

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