A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other state functionaries for failing to launch an inquiry into the facts surrounding the November 2007 emergency imposed by the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
The petition – moved by Lahore High Court Bar Association (Rawalpindi bench) president Sheikh Ahsanuddin envisages action against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.
Ahsanuddin has made the incumbent prime minister, interior secretary, law secretary, FIA director general and others respondents in the case.
According to the petition, action should initiated against those named in the petition for failing to order the inquiry following a July 3 decree by the court.
Ahsanuddin claimed in his plea that according to his information “only an inquiry committee was constituted” but it did not move an inch ahead and no investigation was ever conducted in this connection.
“This submission finds support from the fact that in spite of more than four months having passed, the petitioner was never contacted even once by the inquiry committee in connection with the investigation of the allegations, nor he heard anything from the side of the investigation team during this time,” he said in the petition. In addition, he said, no periodic reports were sent by the FIA DG to the PM office.
The petitioner accused Premier Nawaz and the other respondents of having joined hands with Musharraf with the aim of providing him safe exit from Pakistan. “The honour and prestige of this court is being damaged and lowered among the nations of the world,” said the petitioner.
The petitioner contended that all the respondents were guilty of committing contempt as they had disobeyed the court’s order and had not discharged their duties. “The disobedience and non implementation of the July 3, 2013 order is intentional and deliberate. Crime stands committed beyond all shades of doubt,” Ahsanuddin said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2013.