Published On: Sat, May 1st, 2021
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Blawal demands President Alvi, Law Minister Farogh Naseem to step down for filing false reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa

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KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday demanded that the President Dr. Arif Alvi and the Law Minister Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem resign for the “false reference” filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Bilawal Bhutto welcomed the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s verdict in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case, adding that action should be taken against those involved in character assassination of honorable Judges.

The PPP chairman, in a post-NA-249 victory media briefing, said that his party had at the outset termed the action against the judge “illegal” and “inappropriate” and condemned the probe against him.

“We had demanded at the time that whoever is involved in this, in the blackmailing or judges, in spying against them, and those who have sold this reference, which includes the prime minister, the president of Pakistan and their advisors and ministers […] should resign after attacking judges in this manner.

“Now after his acquittal and after the conspiracy has been exposed, there must be action against them and an investigation must be conducted to determine the nature of this conspiracy which targeted an honourable justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [and subjected him to] political victimisation and character assassination,” a double-masked Bilawal Bhutto said.

He said the party welcomes the development and hopes that the same standards will be upheld by the judiciary for political victims as for justices.

“We demand that the president of Pakistan immediately resign. He has no moral authority to remain in office after signing off on a false reference against an honourable judge of the Supreme Court,” he said.

“Everyone must reign. Khan sahab’s entire cabinet is involved in this crime. They all advised the president to take such a step,” Bilawal Bhutto said, adding that the president “made an error” and that he “should have exercised his own judgment”.

The PPP chairman said now “everyone (involved) will have to answer for this crime and the sooner, the better for the country”.

Bilawal Bhutto said that the party’s “historic win” in the NA-249 by-election held a day earlier in Karachi “proves that the people no longer backing the government”.

“The people of Karachi have sent a clear message to the puppet, incompetent government that they have been rejected,” the PPP chairman said.

“This win is a win for the entire city,” the PPP chairman said, adding that the victory marks a new trajectory for politics in the city, one based on “democratic forces”.

“This regime’s stronghold [has been broken] due to the PPP’s consistent opposition and democratic strategy.

“We not only dealt the government a defeat in the by-election throughout the country, but then in the National Assembly, the Chairman Senate, and then the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate elections,” he said.

Bilawal Bhutto said that with the win, the PPP “proved to the naysayers” and the “propaganda” peddlers that “whoever works hard and stands by the poor” will emerge victorious.

Bilawal Bhutto said that the PPP was deprived of victory several times but the people of Karachi have rejected the selected government, adding that Pakistan’s politics is moving towards democratic forces.

The PPP chairman said that the people of Karachi had given them a historic victory and proved that they were not with the government. The people have sent a message to the incompetent government.

He said that the Thursday’s victory was a proof of a new direction in politics, adding that the PPP will solve problems of the general public.

Taking a jibe at the vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Bilawal termed Maryam Nawaz’s statement irresponsible, adding that everyone knows which party committed the most fraud in the history of the country.

“The allegation that the PPP rigged cannot be proved, he said and added PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Muhammad Zubair and Miftah Ismail were present in the RO office.