Seeking army’s help: SCBA chief lashes out at prime minister

Published: August 30, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Kamran Murtaza on Friday condemned the government’s decision to invite the army to play a facilitative role in ending the fortnight-long political logjam in the country.

Taking a swipe at government’s stance, SCBA president said that the supremacy of Constitution has been undermined and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has violated his oath by inviting army to broker a deal between the government and the agitating political parties.

In a written statement, Murtaza said that such steps weaken the country’s Constitution. The SCBA president warned that the government will have to face the consequences.

Issuing a veiled warning he said “People, democracy and 1973 Constitution have been defeated and the vested interest group won.”

Murtaza also said that the current crisis demonstrates that the opinion of 195 million people was being ignored just because a few thousand protesters had swarmed into the capital. The SCBA president added that millions of people who believed in the supremacy of Constitution and parliament have been disappointed.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Bar Council vice chairman Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry also criticised the premier, who he said was misleading the legislature over army’s role.

“After the ISPR press release, it has been established that the prime minister misled the parliament, therefore, he should resign in view of Article 63 of the Constitution”, Chaudhry  said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2014.

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  • imran ali
    Aug 30, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Mr. Kamran Murtaza..instead of getting involved in politics..people want major judicial reform,that ensure judgement are made made quickly within 90 days,people want higher judiciary to be apolitical .Why SCBA did not demand registration FIR of model town incidence…people had great hope that there will be judicial reform after the restoration of judiciary,but ex CJP got involved in politics and saving his son

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  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Aug 30, 2014 - 4:38PM

    @imran ali:
    Please, please understand the situation. It is the Government’s responsibility to register FIR and if it fails, the political parties and the people should stand up against the Government’s inefficiency. SCBA cannot be everywhere. I salute the lawyers who started a campaign against the reign of a dictator and brought it to an end. Democracy is the lifeblood of a country and dictatorship is the death of the whole nation. Simple as that. To make a personal allegation against an individual is neither here nor there.

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