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Sindh PA assails opposition leader, judiciary, Jang Group

Imtiaz Ali

KARACHI: The Provincial Assembly (PA) of Sindh on Friday unanimously passed a resolution, criticising the petitioner, Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar, in the NAB chairman case and accused him of undermining the provincial harmony and democracy through perceived biased attitude.

The judiciary and Jang Group also came under fire by Katchi Abadis Minister Rafiq Engineer, one of the movers of the resolution, and Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza. Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, while raising The News daily in his hands, severely criticised the judiciary and Jang Group. He passed critical remarks against the Jang Group’s owners and journalists.

Katchi Abadis Minister Rafiq Engineer said the judgment was not sacred and the same could be criticised on grounds of alleged biases. He accused requirements of justice were not being fulfilled and Chaudhry and Chaudhry game was being played.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and MPAs attended the session by wearing black armbands ostensibly against the judgment of the Supreme Court, invalidating the appointment of NAB chairman, justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah. Male MPAs wore Sindhi caps while women lawmakers wore Sindhi Ajrak. The MPAs also marched towards the Sindh High Court and protested at the judges gate by chanting slogans “Punjab’s decision unacceptable” and “anti-Sindh decision unacceptable”.

The resolution, moved by Sharjeel Inam Memon and Rafiq Engineer, and supported by all PPP MPAs, reads: “This Assembly expresses dismay over the petition of MNA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan regarding Syed Deedar Hussain Shah and resolves that his (Nisar) partial and discriminatory attitude is damaging for the inter-provincial harmony and a threat to the democratic process and pays tribute to Syed Deedar Hussain Shah for his services as chief justice of the High Court of Sindh and judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.”

The movers criticised the superior judiciary in strong words. Sharjeel Memon said Chaudhry Nisar had filed the petition against the appointment of the NAB chairman with mala fide intentions so that a person from Sindh could not become the chairman of the NAB. He said each institution should work within its limits.

Both the president and prime minister had consulted the opposition leader for appointment of the NAB chief, but the PML-N leadership rejected every person recommended by the government. Subsequently, Chaudhry Nisar approached the SC as his thinking was allegedly biased. He said the people of Sindh asked as to why Prime Minister ZA Bhutto, belonging to Sindh, was hanged while prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, belonging to the Punjab, was sent abroad.

When the Benazir Bhutto government was dismissed by the then president during 1990s, the dismissal was justified by the SC, but when the Nawaz Sharif regime was dismissed by the same president, the SC restored his government. He claimed the PPP had always respected the judiciary, but the party, which allegedly attacked the SC building and insulted the then chief justice belonging to Sindh, was being favoured by the judiciary now partly because the judges were relatives of the PML-N leaders.

He said there was no case of corruption against the former chief justice of SHC, Deedar Hussain Shah, and Nawaz Sharif himself had praised the role of Deedar when he was incarcerated in the Landhi Jail in the plane hijacking case.

Memon said Deedar Shah was being targeted because he held the domicile of Sindh. He declared the people of Sindh would no more tolerate the injustices and they would respond against favourite judgments. He said they all were Pakistanis and they did not need the certificate of patriotism.
Source: The News
Date:3/12/2011