LAHORE–Judicial Activism Panel (JAP) has demanded the resignations of five stalwarts of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after the Supreme Court (SC) has issued show cause notices on Wednesday to them in contempt case.

The SC issued show cause notices to Senator Babar Awan, Federal Minister Khursheed Shah, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Sectary General PPP Qamar Zaman Kaira and Farooq Awan in the contempt proceeding as they all held a press conference at the Press Information Department (PID) initial hearing of Memogate scandal.

JAP members demanded the resignations in an emergency called meeting chaired by Advocate Mohammad Azhar Siddque. The members passed two resolutions while welcoming show cause notices issued by SC to five PPP leaders.

“The apex court has constitutional powers to punish on contempt of court,” Advocate Siddque and other JAP members while quoting Article 204 of constitution and Sec (3/4) of contempt of court rules.

They said neither the parliament nor any other could sabotage the freedom of judiciary because the judiciary is most important pillar of the state under the constitution.

According to the resolutions, after the issuance of show cause notice these PPP leaders should resigns from their offices in order to prove that they respect the freedom of judiciary.

“If ministers do not resign then prime minister should expel them from cabinet,” the resolution further said.

JAP also demanded all five PPP leaders to apology the people of the country on disgracing the apex court ant its honourable judges.