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PPP to file contempt petition against interior minister

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party has decided to move a contempt petition against Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for what the party called speaking against a Supreme Court judge who headed an inquiry commission on the Aug 8 Quetta tragedy.

“Our legal team will file a contempt petition against Chaudhry Nisar for speaking ill of the judicial commission’s report on the carnage since the comment is in fact a contempt of the Supreme Court,” PPP general secretary Sardar Lateef Khosa told journalists after attending the chehlum of the party’s late leader Jehangir Badr in Lahore on Sunday.

Whatever Chaudhry Nisar stated at his Saturday’s press conference was baseless, he said, adding that it was the apex court which had formed the Quetta commission and the minister was terming its report one-sided.
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Vowing to protect the sanctity of the apex court, the PPP leader said that speaking ill of the Supreme Court report amounted to humiliating the institution and the party would counter all such elements. He said if the prime minister did not remove the interior minister it would be interpreted as if Nawaz Sharif was behind the ‘assault’ on the apex court.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf demanded resignation of Chaudhry Nisar in the light of the inquiry commission’s report on the Aug 8 terrorist attack on Quetta’s Civil Hospital.

Besides Chaudhry Nisar, PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad, his party also wanted resignation from the Balochistan chief minister and home minister.

The report of the commission headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa regretted that the interior minister had on Oct 21 met Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, the head of three banned organisations — Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, Millat-i-Islamia and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat — in Islamabad to listen to his demands and conceded to them as per media reports.

The commission regretted that the interior ministry did not respond to two letters written by the Balochistan government seeking a ban on Jamatul Ahrar and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Al-Almi in the aftermath of the Aug 8 attack for their involvement in explosions on Feb 14, 2014, and attacks on a police officer on July 6 and a Frontier Corps vehicle on July 27 this year.

During the news conference, Chaudhry Nisar had expressed his reservations over the report’s findings and termed them one-sided.

Mr Qureshi lashed out at the interior minister for “confronting” the commission’s report and termed it “a direct attack on the Supreme Court”.

“Since Justice Isa is a serving SC judge, we believe that the interior minister has committed a contempt of court,” he said, adding that the court should itself take notice of it.

The PTI leader also lamented Chaudhry Nisar’s statement that he was unaware that a member of the banned organisation was also in the four-member delegation of the Difa-i-Pakistan Council which had called on him.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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