political cri 2014sis in pakistan article dt 27 aug
PAKISTAN: POLITICAL CRISIS DEEPENS AS COURT ORDER REGISTRATION OF 14 MURDER CASES AGAINST PREMIER,OTHERS
BY GHULAM ABBAS KASSAR
Lahore High Court (LHC) on dismissed a petition filed by four federal ministers and upheld the orders issued by Additional Sessions Judge Lahore in connection with Lahore’s Model Town tragedy.
The LHC upheld the orders to register a case against 21 individuals including Prime Minister, Chief Minister Punjab and federal ministers.
Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa issued the court’s short order which said the petitioners failed to produce concrete legal justification against the decision of Justice of Peace.
Earlier, four federal ministers including Pervez Rashid, Khawaja Asif, Saad Rafique and Abid Sher Ali had in their personal capacities challenged the orders of Additional Sessions Judge.
Earlier Judicail Commission on Model Town Lahore killings held Punjab government responsible for bloodbath in Model Town area on 17 June 2014.
The report was compiled by Justice Baqir Ali Najfi of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
It was mentioned in the report that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had not ordered the police to ‘disengage’ from the clashes with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) supporters, resulting in the deaths of at least 14 people and injuries to over 80 others.
The report says neither former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah nor former principal secretary to the chief minister, Dr Tauqeer Shah, had mentioned in their affidavits to the commission that they had been directed by the chief minister to ‘disengage’ the police.
Shahbaz Sharif had used the word “disengagement” in his affidavit on an afterthought, the report added.
It was further revealed that Minhajul Quran International (MQI) workers hurled stones at police and in return they were fired upon. Police followed Punjab government s orders.
According to report, barriers outside Minhajul Quran International Secretariat were legal.
It may be mentioned here that the judicial commission was constituted in order to investigate the Model Town Incident that took place on June 17, 2014. Punjab Police went to remove the barriers placed outside Dr Tahirul Qadri s residence and Minhajul Quran International (MQI) Secretariat in Model Town. The workers of MQI resisted the move which led to a deadly clash leaving 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers dead and dozens injured.
In another development , Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Both discussed country’s prevailing political situation including protests outside the Parliament House.
The Prime Minister and Army Chief also discussed overall security situation of the country and ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
During meeting, they have agreed to resolve current crisis in the best national interest at the earliest.
The meeting came at the time when anti-government protests in the heart of Pakistan’s capital show no sign of ending almost two weeks after they began as cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan sticks to his demand for PM Nawaz Sharif to stand down over allegations his party rigged last year’s elections.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan while addressing the sit-in at Islamabad said that after Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) former additional secretary Afzal Khan’s revelations last night on television, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif does not have any moral justification to stay in power now.
Quoting from Afzal Khan’s interview, Imran Khan said that the election was completely rigged, and former chief justice Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry appointed the returning officers so they were his minions.
PTI chief said that now we know rigging in 2013 elections took place under a planned scheme and they had been ranting about it for 14 months but no action was taken regarding it. He added that they would not leave Islamabad until the Pm resigns because impartial investigation cannot take place under
Meanwhile Joint Investigation Team formed to investigate Model Town Incident has recommended registration of case against Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, his personal secretary Tauqeer Shah and former law minister Rana Sanaullah.
According to details, the JIT report was made public today and the recommendations include registration of cases against Chief Minister Punjab, his personal secretary Tauqeer Shah, then law minister Rana Sanaullah and some senior police officers.
The JIT report also recommends cancellation of old and registration of a new F.I.R of the tragic incident.
The victim of the incident, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) also alleged that the CM Punjab is responsible for the tragedy while the party chief Tahir-ul-Qadri and workers are also staging a sit-in in country’s capital Islamabad.
– Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri has given 48 hours’ deadline to the government. He has asked the government to dissolve the assemblies, uninstall the government, let the FIR of Model Town Incident be registered and release Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. He also demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to offer themselves for arrest.
Dr. Tahirul Qadri admired his workers for being tolerant. He announced that ‘Revolution March’ has entered its final phase. He said that he has bought shroud from market today and is ready for embracing martyrdom. He said that either he will wear this shroud or PM Nawaz Sharif s government.
“There is no confusion left now. I am giving a 48 hours’ deadline to the government”, said PAT Chief.
Tahirul Qadri said that Former Additional Secretary of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Afzal Khan has exposed rigging in Election 2013. He said that the ECP itself was unconstitutional. He blamed the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of forming the ECP in contradiction with Article 213 of the constitution. “Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders admitted that the ECP was formed in contradiction with Article 213”, said Tahirul Qadri.
Moreover, PAT Chief said that if the formation of ECP was in contradiction with the constitution then the assemblies, government, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers that took up the responsibilities as a result of the elections conducted under that ECP are also unconstitutional.
It may be mentioned here that at a time when country was plunged in deep political crisi,chief minister Punjab accused of and nominated in murder of 14 PAT workers has one day before high court verdict against him has flown to China.This has raised question as to is the chief minister of any province to act as foreign minister to make deals of sign MOU with a foreign country.
However army chief’s meeting with prime minister, is supposed among people, as strong message of Pak army which has been intervening time and again in country’s politics. Record shows army here has ruled Pakistan for 33 years out of 66. Nawaz Sharif was earlier toppled by army two time in 1993 and 1998 because of his family rule. This time also he has 26 members of his family holding important govt posts.
(The writer Ghulam Abbas Kassar, is from Hyderabad city of Sindh,Pakistan.
With 30 years experience of working in English newspapers as sub editor,news editor and reporter.Presenlty he works as bureau chief of daily Messenger, Karachi,Pakistan and writes for Pakistan Christian Post,Boulders,USA , and Indian Muslim Observer New Delhi,India. He is general secretary of Hyderabad Union of Journalists(Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists),member governing body Hyderabad press club and member Writers International. Also Recepient of life time achievement award in journalism in Pakistan.)