Better wait for judicial process

AS PTI has announced to seal the federal capital in protest against Panama Papers issue, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, on several petitions including those by PTI, Jamat-i-Islami and Awami Muslim League seeking disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif and others, issued notice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his children, son-in-law, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as well as FIA, FBR and the Attorney General. The Prime Minister demonstrated wisdom and far-sightedness by welcoming the probe and said he was not afraid of accountability.
After the hearing, PTI leader Imran Khan too expressed confidence over judicial proceedings and hoped that these would divulge details about the Panama Papers allegations. He, however, claimed that besides seeking justice through judiciary, it is their democratic right to protest and declared that despite court intervention, he would proceed ahead with his plans to lay a siege to Islamabad. If the real objective of Imran Khan was to seek neutral investigations into the Panamagate then Supreme Court is the right forum and the case has been fixed for hearing after two weeks. The court can hear the case on day-to-day basis, determine what happened and give its verdict and this should be acceptable to all. Earlier, PTI chief was complaining that he knocked door of every state institution to investigate this scandal but none responded. Now that SC is seized with the matter, it would not be appropriate to create commotions in politics, disturb normal life and add to miseries of the common man, as there is no constitutional, legal or moral justification to block the federal capital. After the Supreme Court has effectively intervened and the Prime Minister has given assurance publicly to cooperate with the judiciary, no one would buy the logic for this extreme step. Some argue that the SC has not admitted the case for hearing rather this is just an initial judicial process. We would, therefore, urge PTI to behave like a democratic party and wait for the outcome of the case. Let sanity prevail and threat of blocking the Federal Capital must be withdrawn unconditionally.

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