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January 11, 2012

Scathing criticism of Zardari, Gilani follows SC verdict

Islamabad

January 11, 2012

The prime minister preferred loyalty to the party to loyalty to the state by rejecting the apex court’s verdict on the NRO issue.
This was the consensus reaction from various political and religious parties to Tuesday’s verdict delivered by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court. Despite the clear court orders, the government and NAB were not serious about implementing them, said the president of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Sindh, Naeem-ul-Haq. The present rulers, he said, had violated constitutional norms.
He was disappointed that the government had not implemented its verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). He deemed it a conspiracy against the state which was tantamount to treason.
The entire nation was protesting, he said and urged that the Supreme Court should immediately declare the prime minister disqualified for the post, or the prime minister should voluntarily resign.
Haq also requested the Supreme Court to not let corrupt officials flee the country and to take them to task. Pasban, while welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court, asked the government to fully implement the decision, adding that by following the decision of the apex court, the country would emerge from the crisis.
The president, Pasban, Altaf Shakoor, said that as the cases against President Zardari pertained to the period before his taking over the present post, there should be no question of his immunity in the cases.
He also said that the reopening of cases under the NRO against the president was in the national interest, and asked why Hussain Haqqani was given shelter in the Prime Minister’s House. Haqqani, he said, had always worked for the US and never represented Pakistan’s interests. Instead of advocating the case of Dr Afia Siddiqui, being the Pakistani ambassador, he played a viciously negative role which resulted in the woman being awarded 86 years in jail, Shakoor alleged. He said that a wrong precedent was set when

the government broke the law.

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