Advocating grant of extension to the judges of Supreme Court, independent member of National Assembly from Muzaffargarh, Jamshed Dasti disclosed on Thursday that he had tabled a bill in the Parliament for granting two-year extension in the retirement age of the apex court judges.

Addressing a news conference here at Multan Press Club, he added that the bill suggested that the superannuation age of the Supreme Court judges should be extended to 67 years from the current 65. “If the dictators and bureaucrats have always got extensions, the sitting judges of supreme court should also be given extension,” he demanded. He said that if the bill was not approved by the assembly, he would bring it to the public’s court. “We’ll hold public referendum on this issue,” he declared. Rejecting all reports regarding his intentions to join any political party, he said that he won the election in independent capacity and he stood as independent member in National Assembly till date. “I am not going to join any party,” he declared categorically.

To a query, he said that the arrest of Musharraf was a big and brave decision taken by the judiciary. He added that President Zardari and Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif should have been complainants of this case. He said that the judiciary played key role in strengthening democracy in the country as it paved the way for the return of mainstream political leaders like Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to the country. Commenting on removal of Yousuf Raza Gilani from prime ministership, he said that it was his own party and not judiciary that played basic role in his removal.

Referring to the recent flood, he pointed out that massive land erosion took place because of flood in Chenab and Indus rivers, causing serious damage to the Muzaffargarh district and its outskirts. He said that the provincial and federal governments completely failed to offer any relief to the flood-hit people.

He warned that Waziristan and Balochistan-like situation could take place in South Punjab if the problems being faced by the local were not resolved. He said that there was no justification in postponing the creation of South Punjab province under the pretext of the issue of its name. “Give whatever name you deem appropriate for it, but create the province,” he demanded.

He said that he participated in the election to protect the residents of his constituency from the politics of court and police station. “Today no wadera can subject any poor to his highhandedness. Instead the waderas visited the poor of the area repeatedly to get their votes,” he added.

MEPCO PROMOTED: The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) has granted graded 16 to its 32 commercial assistants. The upgradation of the commercial assistants was approved by the selection board on Thursday. Those who got promotion included Muhammad Zulfiqar, Ghulam Sarwar Baloch, Nazar Hussain Bhatti, Muhammad Siddiq, Ikram ul Haq Khaleeq, Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Mushtaq, Manzoor Nabi, Mazhar Hussain, Rab Nawaz, Hafiz Muhammad Imran, Ishtiaq Ahmad, Imran Shabbir, Irshad Ahmad Sabir, Shahbaz Ahmad, Shahid Iqbal, Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Atif, Altaf Ahmad, Shakir Hussain, Ashfaq Ahmad, Muhammad Shahzad Bhatti, Mudassar Ahsan Khan, Shahid Iqbal, Muhammad Amir Saleem, Imran Raza, Arsalan Anwar, Muhammad Irfan, Samina Muzaffar Alam, Muhammad Naem Akhtar, Syed Imran Haider and Muhammad Ansar Bhutta.

Meanwhile, the Superintending Engineer Mepco Circle Multan Saed Ahmad Malik handed punishments to two line superintendents. Mepco sources said that the increase in the salaries of line superintendent-1 Bosan Road sub division Shahid Zaman and line superintendent-11 Makhdoom Rasheed sub division Akhtar Ali has been stopped for one year.