ISLAMABAD: The judiciary's integrity has come into question after recent allegations "from within", said Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media after the joint meeting of PDM, he said that the JUI-F chief, said that "conspiracies" that took place against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his party and leaders of other political parties, were in reality conspiracies against the country and its democracy.
His comments were in reference to the recent affidavit submitted by former Gilgit-Baltistan chief justice Rana Shamim and an audio clip that allegedly features the voice of ex-chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.
"We respect the courts but are also hurt," he said, referring to the Rana Shamim affidavit and the alleged Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar audio clip.
"With a heavy heart, we think that they [judiciary] will have to regain their status through their character," he said, adding that the recent controversies had raised questions on the freedom and independence of the judiciary.
The JUI-F leader cited these conspiracies as the main reason behind an economic crisis in Pakistan.
Fazl stated that the PDM will hold its next meeting on December 6 where the Opposition alliance will take "final and important decisions."
The JUI-F chief said the entire nation was demanding an independent election commission. "It is totally unacceptable to clip the ECP's wings," he said, adding that the Constitution already lays down the powers of the commission.
Lashing out at the "fake government", Fazl said that it had promised the government over 10 million jobs but had "stolen" over five million so far from the people.
He said that the joint Opposition will play a role in guaranteeing that overseas Pakistanis "have representation in the Parliament", warning them not to get caught up in the government's "lies".
Shedding light on the electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said the government wanted to hold elections when the world had rejected the same process.
"We reject this pre-poll rigging," he said, referring to the government's move to pass laws relating to the voting machines.
Taking aim at the government's economic policies, Fazl said it had made the State Bank a "branch of the IMF".
PDM agree on 'no compromise' over Saqib Nisar's alleged audio clip
Earlier, sources told Geo News that the Opposition alliance discussed the alleged audio leak of the former chief justice in which he allegedly tells another person that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will have to be punished to make space for Imran Khan in politics.
Sources said the Opposition leaders have decided to raise the issue on a national level.
Per sources, the members of the Opposition present during the meeting agreed that the audio clip was another proof of the alleged conspiracy to oust an elected prime minister (Nawaz Sharif) from office.
JUI-F chief and PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman has thrown his weight behind the decision to hold a long march in Islamabad and for Opposition lawmakers to resign from the assemblies when the caravan reaches there., confirmed sources.
The PDM has also agreed on challenging the government's laws on EVMs and electoral in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Senators Farooq H Naik, Azam Nazir Tarar and Kamran Murtaza have been tasked to prepare a strategy in this regard, added sources.
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