Faisal Raza Abidi stands by charges against CJP

ISLAMABAD – Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on Thursday recorded his statement with Islamabad Police in connection with his press conference about Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.
In his statement, Abidi said he stood by the allegations he had made against the CJP and his son on TV talk shows and conversations with the media. He denied being part of any campaign against the chief justice.
However, the ruling party’s leader said the CJP had been taking suo motu notices over “minor issues such as recovery of wine bottles and slaps of Waheeda Shah”, but was not taking notice of the killing of Pakistan Army personnel, rape of women in Parachinar, and the killing of Shia community members.
He said that he was not intending to humiliate the chief justice and his

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Kaira: Caretaker setup to be installed on March 18

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told the caretaker set-up will be installed on March 18 at a time when the government completes its constitutionally mandated tenure.
In his brief chat with media-people here Thursday, Kaira said says, “the terms of the parliament ends on March 18 and the term of the government also ends the same day.”
He said that there would be no disagreement to mar the setting up of caretaker government adding his government was moving ahead to garner consensus with all political parties on issues of mutual interests.
He however, said if his government failed to develop consensus on caretaker government then there was established procedure in the constitution to reach an agreement with regard of caretaker setup. “I am sure there will be no delay in establishing caretaker setup and there will be no disagreement,” he added.
He said that names of those to be part of the caretaker setup would be announced with joint consultations with other political parties and stakeholders.
Coming hard on opposition leader Nisar Ali Khan to name candidates for caretaker government, Kaira said that his party wants result-oriented consultations well on time adding that he didn’t believe on point scoring on the issue. He went on to say that the government would extend every possible cooperation to the election commission adding that the PPP wants free, fair and transparent elections. He informed that overseas Pakistanis were not being given the right to vote under the constitutional and judicial decision.

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SC reached a cul de sac after convicting Gilani: Aitzaz Ahsan

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stalwart Senator Aitzaz Ahsan claimed that the Supreme Court had reached a cul-de-sac after convicting former prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case and now wanted an acceptable solution of writing a letter to Swiss authorities.

Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court on Thursday, Aitzaz – who was Gilani’s counsel in the NRO case – maintained that he was not sure whether the letter will be written or not. He said that the concessions being extended to incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was commendable but, noted that his predecessor Gilani was not extended any such concessions by the apex court.

Aitzaz added that even with Ashraf, the SC was now left with the option of sending another prime minister home, but this has become difficult for it.

Replying to a question about the draft of the letter, Aitzaz said that he had not seen it but still had some reservations on it. He added that if the letter is written on the dictation of the Supreme Court then there will be many complications.

Aitzaz also dispelled an impression that the presidency and the Supreme Court had an understanding on ousting Gilani. “There was no such understanding between them,” he clarified.

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