ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri got furious and lost his cool after the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected his petition, seeking reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Talking to the media in the SC premises, the PAT leader said that the SC decision on his petition was unconstitutional and political which hurt millions of Pakistanis who wanted free and fair elections in the country.
He said that the court insulted millions of Pakistanis serving the nation from abroad.
“I am a Pakistani but the respected judges during the proceedings called me a foreigner and these remarks are not only my insult but of the millions of Pakistanis living abroad,” he added.
He went on to say: “The court had made up its mind even before giving the verdict, showing the newspapers with the CJP remarks that the court would not allow anyone to dismiss the ECP. “Instead of listening to the contents of my petition, the court only argued about my dual nationality.”
He said “composition of the ECP was unconstitutional. I was not allowed to read out even a single para of my petition. Only my locus standi was discussed which had nothing to do with my petition”.
Dr Qadri said he was entitled to file petition under the Article 184 (3) of the Constitution. “I have given references of 6 judicial decisions in this respect. If there is a matter of public interest, the Constitution allows me to file petition. But the court raised the matter of dual nationality from the very first day and it did not permit me to read out even a single word from the petition.
“When I started reading petition a day before, I was asked to inform the court if I was holding dual nationality. The dual nationality issue remained under attack during the proceeding despite the fact that one million Pakistanis are having dual citizenship and they remit billion of dollars to Pakistan annually. The salaries of government employees are paid by the remittance sent by overseas Pakistanis whose loyalty was questioned by attacking dual nationality.”