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Qureshi asks media to pinpoint rumour-mongers

ISLAMABAD: Presidential Spokesman Maj-Gen (retd) Rashid Qureshi on Thursday urged the media to pinpoint rumour-mongers persistently issuing baseless and unfounded news stories without even confirming these from the presidency.

He vehemently denied the news item reported (by unknown person) that no agreement had been reached between the presidency and political parties on the issue of reinstatement of deposed judges.

Before broadcasting/issuing such news items the media should identify the source and tell the people about those who were trying to fuel confrontation, he said while talking to a private TV channel.

Some vested interests are trying to instil confusion in the people’s mind by issuing such baseless and unfounded news items that something is cooking up on the judges’ issue, he added. Terming the news item baseless, Qureshi said he was sitting in the presidency, but he did not hear about such suggestions.

He said the AFP news agency was approached for showing such irresponsibility, but it denied and vowed to sue the person who issued the baseless news item without confirmation.Qureshi categorically stated that no talks were being held with political parties on the issue of judges’ reinstatement.

He reiterated that reinstatement of deposed judges was impossible. The only way out was to amend the Constitution. He, however, said legal and constitutional experts could better opine on the issue. It could be better confirmed by the attorney-general. Judges of the superior judiciary and Sharifuddin Pirzada can tell a way out on the judges’ reinstatement issue, he added.
Source: The News
Date:3/14/2008