Rashid urges CJ to take suo moto notice of PM statement

LAHORE- President, Pakistan Awami Muslim League, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the statement of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani wherein he has supported the Punjab Government stance on postponement of the by-election on the ground of law an order situation in the Province. The Prime Minister statement is an interference in a sub-judice matter and the Punjab government thanks in return to it, loudly speak that they both have the same 'draft to act on, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told a Press conference here Thursday. Terming statement of the premier 'untimely and contrary to norms of law he said, if political decisions were obtained from the courts, the practice would not only damage democracy but also lead to prepare a 'charge sheet. However he said had a complete trust and confidence in the judiciary that it would do justice on the matter pending before it at the High Court level. It may be mentioned that Punjab Government has moved the LHC to seek postponement of the November 7 by-polls on the ground poor law and order situation after the Election Commission had given a go-head for the same accepting an application of Sheikh Rashid Ahmad last month. Sheikh Rashid while referring to the PM statement said, the two persons who feared threat to their life, are not contesting by-election. As to the excuse of law and order, he said, if they take this plea, it means terrorists had won and the government had failed, so it lost their justification to stay in power any more. He was quite frank saying that Nawaz Sharif did not want to go the Assembly for the position and popularity he was enjoying while staying outside would not be available to him in the house. Attaching high value with the November 7 by-elections as determiner of future political alliances and worth of various parties, he said, the people had to also find an opportunity in upcoming elections to 'avenge the problems they were facing at the hand of the rulers. To a question on his again taking part in the election, expressing hope of his win, he said situation at present had changed altogether and the country was passing through the most vital time. He once predicted that the months of November and December were highly important for the politics in the country.

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