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July 11, 2012

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Contempt bill against Constitution, Quran: Imran Khan

Contempt bill against Constitution, Quran: Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday claimed that the new contempt law would be struck down by the Supreme Court as it was against the Constitution and the law and teachings of Quran and Sunnah.

Talking to media persons here at the party’s central secretariat, he said that the prime objective of the rulers was to save PM ‘Raja Rental’ from meeting the fate of Yusuf Raza Gilani and to protect President Zardari’s ill-gotten dollars stashed away in foreign banks. He said that in order to do this, the government had given a license to politicians to commit contempt with impunity.

On this occasion, ex-MNAs Rajab Ali Baloch and Nasir Ali Baloch joined the PTI along with their supporters.

Imran said the rulers wanted to ensure that they were above the law and said the new legislation had divided the society into two sections. “On the one side are the rulers and oppressors and, on the other side, the poor and oppressed,” he alleged.

He recalled that Mian Nawaz Sharif had also resorted to similar amendments in the Constitution in a bid to become the Amirul Momineen. Under the new law, corrupt rulers would use the ill-gotten money to grab power in the next general elections, Imran said, adding he felt sorry that the coalition partners of the PPP had sided with the ruling party in the passage of this controversial law.

Imran, flanked by Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jehangir Tareen and Naeemul Haq, said the role of PPP allies was treacherous and the nation would not forgive them for this blunder.

To a question, he said that Pakistanis with dual nationality should have the right to vote but they must not be allowed to contest elections.

The PTI chairman, answering another question on the nomination of Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as the chief election commissioner, said he had full faith in him as an honest and impartial person. Imran was confident that the would-be chief election commissioner would ensure free, fair and transparent elections, if and when they were held.
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