Fazl Asks was this type of “leniency” offered to the three-time former prime minister. “Constitution and law have been put at risk for Imran Khan,” he claims.
“It will be regrettable if action is not taken against PTI,” the PDM head declares.
By conducting a “peaceful” sit-in outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on May 15 (Monday), the governing Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will protest Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial for “facilitating” and providing “VIP protocol” to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan.
PDM leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman charged in a frank news conference that the PTI chairman’s interests had put the country’s Constitution, laws, and everything else at jeopardy.
He made the comments a day after a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court, presided over by CJP Bandial, determined that Khan’s detention in the Al-Qadir Trust case on the grounds of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) was “invalid and unlawful”. The CJP greeted the former prime minister, who was removed from power by a no-confidence resolution last April, by saying “Good to see you” throughout the course of the proceedings.
But the 13-party coalition that controls the government was heavily attacked for allowing Khan into the trial.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader, who is also the PDM chief, said that the highest court ruled not to punish Khan for the occurrences after May 9. He said, “The judicial system was making decisions.”
The PDM leader criticised the Supreme Court, claiming that Nawaz Sharif, a three-time prime minister, received mercy. Fazl said that not even the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had access to a phone to check on the condition of her unwell wife, Kulsoom Nawaz.
The JUI-F leader questioned whether Maryam Nawaz or Faryal Talpur received the same kind of indulgence.
On the other side, he noted, Khan was receiving “VIP protocol”.
The PDM chairman also stated that they had made the decision to oppose the Supreme Court’s “behaviour.”
The PDM leader made reference to the Supreme Court’s 3-2 judgement on the elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and stated that they were not prepared to accept the ruling.
In a 3-2 decision on March 1st, the top court mandated that the two provinces hold elections within 90 days.
On April 7, however, Justice Athar Minallah’s detailed order stating that the case was dismissed by a vote of 4 to 3 and clarifying that “he had not recused nor had any reason to dissociate himself” from the case gave the controversy surrounding the top court’s decision regarding the Punjab elections a new twist.
The PDM leader declared, “According to us, the decision of 4-3 is a unanimous decision.”
The PDM chairman promised that the sit-in would stay “peaceful” in response to a query, but he also issued a warning that if they were handled improperly, they would respond angrily.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and any other organisation that attacks the state would be labelled a traitor, according to the PDM head. Fazl said it would be sad if the PTI was not punished for the attacks on the General Headquarters (GHQ) and the looting of the residence of the Lahore Corps Commander.
The PML-N supremo and Maryam Nawaz joined the meeting via video connection, and all of the constituent parties of the ruling coalition were present, he said.