ISLAMABAD - Dispelling the impression of any linkage of Supreme Court’s verdict in RPP case with the long march of Dr Tahirul Qadri, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H. Naek said that there was no mention of Prime Minister in the court's verdict. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, he said that Supreme Court had given three directions to Additional Prosecutor General NAB and there was no direct mention of Prime Minister's arrest and now it would up to Chairman NAB to examine the case and decide the things on merit.  “Chairman NAB could even drop the case against the accused in RPP case for want of proof and he could even file corruption reference against some of the accused and then the trial court would initiate proceedings against the accused,” he added. He further said that under Section 18 of NAB Ordinance only Chairman NAB could mark the inquiry into some case and for want of proof against someone could even drop the case. Naek said that the long march was just aimed at maligning the democratic order in the country. He once again reiterated government's stance that elections would be held on time as per Constitution and electoral laws.  He disagreed with the demand of Qadri to include Army and superior judiciary in consultation process for selecting the caretaker set up as it is unconstitutional. Coming down hard on Dr. Tahirul Qadri, he said that by gathering a crowd of 25,000 to 30,000 people nobody could be allowed to blackmail the government and quickly, added that people of Pakistan are wise enough to reject such elements which came with some hidden agenda to derail the system.

Naek said that after the passage of 18th, 19th and 20th Constitutional amendments only the Leader of House and Leader of Opposition are authorised to select caretaker Prime Minister with mutual consultation and there is no role whatsoever of Army or judiciary in the selection of caretaker set up.