Islamabad (March 06, 2018): The PPP senator Farhatullah Babar has warned on Tuesday that if the situation to establish state within the state did not stop, the country will move towards institutional clash.
The Senator, who is among those retiring this month, was delivering his farewell speech at the upper House of the parliament.
In his address, Babar said that the other institutions impinged the authority of the parliament.
Babar said that the accountability committee tried to hold everyone accountable, however, his own party backed away.
He said that the situation is moving towards conflict between the institutions.
He said that the politicization of judiciary and politics of judicial-ism can put parliament on jeopardy and he has the apprehension that other institutions would grab the powers of the parliament.“I felt fear when judges use the contempt of court law for their respect,” he said adding that he fear the 2018 will become the referendum for judiciary.
The senator said that 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.
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.
On the occasion, in his farewell adieu address Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani expressed his desire to meet with Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar over the issue of infringement of courts into parliamentary matters.
“I want to relinquish my charge as chairman Senate without causing any further ranker between institutions and departments working through or under the Constitution, in the spirit of my visit to the Supreme Court (SC) and coming of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to the Senate’s Committee of the whole,” he said.“Events of the last few days have compelled my conscience to draw the attention of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, in a spirit of understanding, that while the Supreme Court in the detailed judgment in the matter of Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta vs Federation of Pakistan has shown constraint in going beyond the veil of ‘internal proceedings’ of the Parliament in terms of Article 69, Constitution, 1973. The relevant portion of the Judgment is reproduced as: It appears that the Bill was voted in the Senate of Pakistan on September 22, 2017.
“It is unfortunate that a contempt notice should be issued to a Speaker of an Assembly. Similarly, information sought by the Islamabad High Court also infringes upon the well establish concept of ‘internal proceedings’ of the Parliament,” he said.
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.
Along with Babar, former Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Nasreen Jalil, Aitzaz Ahsan will also retire this month.