Muzaffar AliWednesday, January 16, 2013 - Lahore—Denigrating the long march and the sit-in by Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) Chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri in Islamabad, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Tuesday announced to confront any unconstitutional venture taken to derail the democratic process of the country and demanded the government to ensure fair, free and transparent general elections.
Addressing the press conference held here at the Supreme Court Registry Branch Lahore, SCBA Secretary Javed Iqbal Raja said the legal fraternity has a history of struggle against unconstitutional steps and they would come on roads against those forces attempting to derail the democratic system of the country. He said no one could be allowed to give dictation for dissolving the assemblies sitting outside the parliament.
“Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is asking the people to read the constitution of the country but in reality, he (Qadri) should first of all peruse the written constitution of the country carefully because he is trying to strangulate the democratic body of the country that is itself extra constitutional step,” adding he said the Qadri’s long march and sit-in is not the voice of the people.
He said the constitution grants every one a right of the choice in general elections and let the people decide themselves who would sit in the parliament as candidates are true choices of the masses. He said the article 224 of the constitution clearly stated about the election process and in presence of the constitution no one could be allowed to impose his personal wishes on the institutions of the country.
Answering a query, he said they had not formulated any plan so far regarding their protests in case violation is committed against the constitution of the country, however, he said they would make strategy in accordance with the circumstances. Replying about another question, he said SCBA could not take disciplinary action against those lawyers who are participating in the long march in personal capacity. “All the bars have condemned the long march and termed it a conspiracy against the democracy,” he added. When he was asked whether this long march led by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is constitutional or unconstitutional, he responded that every one has a right to express in the constitution but any step taken to destabilize the country or against the democracy could not be called constitutional so Qadri’s long march is unconstitutional in this particular perspective.