Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi’s address to the Parliament targeting judiciary was a clear violation of his constitutional mandate as well as oath of his office, said former Federal Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani on Tuesday. “Parliament should refrain from becoming a party to a person centric feud as misused of the legislative authority in favor of a person would prove to be a political suicide,” he said while talking to media.
To a question he agreed that Parliament has every right to legislate, however, making legislature as a party in direct confrontation to another constitutional organ of state namely judiciary was disservice to the country or democracy. ‘Parliamentary leaders need to play their role prudently to add some sanity in stopping the PM in his bravado, turning family’s vindictiveness into a tug of war among state institutions,’ he opined.
“It is the constitutional as well as legal domain and authority of judiciary to determine persons charged in the eye of law as to who they were? Someone is guilty of loot or plunder or not or of any criminality under statutes. The court was vested with the authority to interpret the law and constitution and none other,” former senator explained to another query.
Mr. Durrani said it was being perceived that PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was in quest to prove himself a loyalist of the party rather than the state and the constitution. He must realize the fact that after assuming the highest office as Premier, his loyalty and duty was towards constitution and the State and not the party and its head. Any compromise on the principle would lead into a political chaos and anarchy, which Pakistan cannot afford in current scenario, he added.—PR