Approves constitution of committee to deliberate treason proceedings against Imran Khan, Qasim Suri: Information minister says independent commission to probe Tayyaba Gul case.

ISLAMABAD   -   The federal cabinet has constituted a special committee to suggest legal action against the PTI leadership under Article 6 of the Consti­tution for violating the Constitution.

Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb disclosed this while briefing the media about the cabinet decisions at a press con­ference here yesterday.

She said a special committee has been formed under the lead­ership of Law Minis­ter Azam Nazeer Tarar, which will present its suggestions in the next federal cabinet meeting.

She said that the com­mittee would present a report on the implemen­tation of the points put forward by the SC and suggest an inquiry un­der Article 6 and other laws to prevent consti­tutional violations from occurring in the future.

The development ex­ploring Article 6 pro­ceedings against the PTI leadership comes after the Supreme Court released a detailed judgement explaining the reasons why it dis­missed former Nation­al Assembly deputy speaker Qasim Khan Su­ri’s controversial ruling on the no-trust move against the then-prime minister Imran Khan.

The top court’s de­tailed verdict stated that Suri had breached his constitutional duty by dismissing the no-confidence motion.

The Article 6 states that any person who “abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abro­gate or subvert or sus­pend or hold in abey­ance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason”, The govern­ment had hailed the verdict while the PTI had termed it to be full of “contradictions”.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the prime min­ister and the ministers had lauded the detailed verdict. “The judgement has proven that the previous government passed unconstitution­al orders,” she said, as­serting that now was the time to decide wheth­er the “murder of Paki­stan’s Constitution, de­mocracy, and laws” was acceptable. “Hence, the cabinet committee will suggest measures that can be taken against Im­ran Khan and his gov­ernment for violating the Constitution and present a report in the next meeting, she added.

The minister also said that the cabinet had also approved the for­mation of an indepen­dent inquiry commis­sion to investigate the Tayyaba Gul case. In 2019, a video clip sur­faced featuring Gul and then-National Account­ability Bureau chair­man retired Justice Javed Iqbal, which the politicians later alleged was used to “black­mail” him into moving against the then-op­position. Earlier this month, she appeared before the Public Ac­counts Committee and made shocking allega­tions about Iqbal.

Aurangzeb said Gul had also claimed that she was “held captive at the Prime Minister’s Of­fice for 18 days” during Imran’s tenure. “She had filed a harassment complaint at the PM’s portal after which she was called to the PM’s Office and illegally held captive, the minister said. Later, all the evi­dence and videos col­lected in the case were used against the NAB chief, she alleged. “Therefore, we have decided to form an inquiry commis­sion,” she said, adding that the law minister would work on formulat­ing the body’s terms of reference and present them before the cabinet at the next meeting.

The minister said the cabinet mem­bers unanimously approved a reso­lution which welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict over QasimSuri’s “un­constitutional” ruling.

The resolution pointed out that the deputy speaker’s ruling against the no-trust motion was termed “uncon­stitutional”, while the National As­sembly’s dissolution was declared “null and void”, the minister added.

The resolution highlighted that the National Security Council had twice rejected the foreign conspiracy narra­tive, Marriyum added.

The entire cabinet was unanimous that the nation would have to decide collectively that no one should dare to attack the parliament and democracy, and deprive the masses of their right to rule in future, she said, while term­ing the apex court’s decision a major milestone in that regard.

To a query, the minister said the names of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders, who had disrespected the constitutional offices were men­tioned in the apex court’s decision.

She regretted that the PM Office and the Citizen Portal were used for blackmailing, while no action was taken on the complaint of the woman.

She said the complaints of wom­en against JavedIqbal were also re­ceived from the Commission of In­quiry on Enforced Disappearances, which was also headed by him. Those complaints would also be sent to the said commission.

At the outset of briefing, the min­ister said the cabinet discussed the flood situation across the country and directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), pro­vincial disaster management authori­ties (PDMAs) and provincial govern­ments to remain vigilant to deal with any emergency situation.

The minister said rescue and relief efforts of all agencies, including Paki­stan Army, police, PDMAs and NDMA during the natural disaster were ap­preciated. The cabinet also directed all aid agencies to remain active in the field to ensure protection of life and property of the people.

She said following the recent reduc­tion in fuel prices in the global mar­ket, the prime minister announced a cut in the per litre price of petrol by Rs 18.50, diesel by Rs 40.54, kerosene oil by Rs 33.81 and light diesel by Rs 34.71.

The cabinet, she said, directed for monitoring to ensure reduction in the public transport fares so that com­muters could get the maximum ben­efit of decrease in the prices of petro­leum products.

The present government had to take tough decisions after coming to power, but now tit was passing on the benefit of the commodities’ decreas­ing prices to the people, she added.

The former government, she said, had reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on weak grounds and strict terms. The former rulers had in fact laid eco­nomic mines for their ulterior politi­cal objectives.

“When he (Imran) learned that the no-confidence motion against him would be successful, he violated the IMF agreement, which had not only resulted in an economic catastrophe but also put the country’s stability at stake,” she remarked.