Thursday, January 17, 2013
From Print Edition
The Supreme Court’s direction to National Accountability Bureau to arrest Prime Minister Pervaiz Ashraf, and other persons involved in the rental power scam, shows that all is not lost. We still have hope and this decision has proved that rule of law exists in the country. Whether or not NAB takes action against the accused is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, some politicians, lawyers and media persons have started linking the SC order with Dr Qadri’s long march. This is simply an attempt to mislead the masses.
The fact is that it was in March 2011 that the SC had given its decision on the rental power project case and directed NAB to take action against all individuals involved in the scam. Instead of implementing this order, the government appointed one of the accused as prime minister. Even the January 15 decision has not come out of the blue; developments in this case had been taking place for the last few weeks. Seeing the irresponsible attitude of the government, the SC was forced to issue arrest orders to NAB. Therefore, it would be better if, instead of defaming the judiciary and the armed forces, the PPP leaders make efforts to solve this deadlock, which is of their own making.
Muhammad Amir Khan
One is most amazed at the reaction of some PPP advisers and ministers on the Supreme Court’s decision on the long-pending rental power plants case. The government had deliberately delayed taking action despite clear directions from the SC. Why would anybody (the so-called establishment or the judiciary) hatch up a conspiracy against the PPP government, which has already completed four years and ten months, and has only two months left in completing its term in office? Wouldn’t doing so make the PPP leaders ‘political martyrs’, providing them a golden chance to win public sympathy?
As far as democracy is concerned, the chief justice has stated, many a time, and in most unambiguous words, that no unconstitutional step will be tolerated and that elections will be held on schedule. In such circumstances, if somebody is hatching up conspiracies, it has to be someone who stands to benefit from such developments. The best way for the PPP stalwarts is to accept the decision gracefully and ensure that the transition takes place in a peaceful manner, according to the constitution.