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Aitzaz Advises Nawaz To Avoid Anti-institutions Speeches

Islamabad (March 08, 2018): Veteran politician and PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan has warned that those attacking the higher judiciary of the country in their speeches and rallies were indirectly inviting the military to overthrow the government.

Giving his farewell speech on the floor of the Senate as his term ends, Ahsan said the judiciary had dealt with such critics with a soft hand. He was likely referring to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz who have been on a collision course with the judiciary after Sharif’s disqualification last year.

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He said he thinks the Pakistan Army is currently fighting a huge war, adding that “the army is our army”.It is said that the judiciary’s verdict are penned “somewhere else”, Ahsan said, but questioned, “Where are they [verdicts] written when it is your own government?”

The senator said he “100 per cent” agrees with PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar, who had earlier this week stressed that all institutions should remain within their prescribed boundaries.

“It is true that each institution must operate within its limits,” Ahsan said. “And that applies to us (the parliament) as well.”

He denounced the frequent criticism hurled at the judiciary in PML-N rallies, saying that no one has given politicians the right to challenge judicial decisions.“Imagine, if they can attack the chief justice so openly, what must [the accountability judge] Justice Bashir go through? How much pressure must the court [where the Sharifs are being tried] be in?”

Ahsan reminded the former prime minister and his children, who are undergoing trial in the accountability court, that they are neither being placed on the Exit Control List nor being arrested.

Earlier on Tuesday, Farhatullah Baber in his farewell speech said that his party has backed off from upholding the supremacy of parliament.

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The outgoing senator in his speech lamented that the supremacy of the parliament is ending, saying a state within the state is coming into existence and that there exists a conflict between the two.

If the parliament didn’t end the defacto state then it will lead to a collision, he added.

Babar said that other institutions impinged the authority of the parliament.

He said that the accountability committee tried to hold everyone accountable, however, his own party backed away.

The PPP leader said that the situation is moving towards conflict between the institutions.

The 18th Amendment and the shifting of autonomy to the provinces are being rolled back, which can lead to smaller provinces demanding equal status as of Punjab, he said.The PPP leader said that due to persisting danger the onus of saving Pakistan is on the parliament.

Politicising the judiciary and vice versa has endangered the parliament said the senator.

“It is concerning when the Chief Justice of Pakistan promises that he has no political agenda,” said Babar.

Babar further said that it is concerning when judges lean on ‘contempt of court’ for their integrity.

“There is a wise man in my village ‘Baba Rehmatay’, who says the constitution is superior to the parliament,” said Babar.

“Baba Rehmatay says the Constitution is not what is written, it is what he says,” remarked Babar.The senator said that when it comes to the scope of influence of institutions the parliament is failing.

In November 2017, Senator Farhatullah Babar resigned from the parliamentary committee on accountability laws.

On October 20, Babar had resigned from Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence, while refusing to share with media his reason for resignation.

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