INP

SAHIWAL

Leader of the Opposition in Senate and central PPP leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has said that refusal by judges to hear cases against terrorists paved the way for the establishment of military courts.

Talking to media persons after offering Fateha on the demise of father of PPP district President Zaki Chaudhry here on Saturday, the PPP leader said that if the courts assured disposal of cases pertaining to terrorism within six weeks, he would personally go to the Prime Minister and request him to send the cases to Anti-Terrorist courts instead of military courts.

He pointed out that five judges refused to hear the case of murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer against Mumtaz Qadri. He said this attitude of the judges led the government to establish military courts.  

He said that after supporting the Constitution 21st amendment in the All Parties conference, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Sirajul Haq should not have expressed their reservations. He said the two leaders not only supported the National Action Plan but also led the prayers for its success. After such a support, reservations are regrettable,” he pointed out.

He said that the PPP supported the military courts as a bitter pill but said these courts would not be as powerful as in the past and hear only those cases that would be referred to by the federal government. He made it clear that no case would send to the military courts against any student, madrassa or political party not involved in terrorist activity.

The leader of the opposition said that out of 8,000 cases pending with the Anti-Terrorism Courts, 500 await executions after decisions on appeals. Appeals against rest of the cases are still under hearing.

To a question, Aitzaz said that Imran Khan ended his sit-in in haste and that removed pressure from the government.

Regarding rigging in the elections, the PPP leader said there should be no doubt that there was wide spread electoral fraud. He said his wife Bushra Aitzaz contested from NA-124 and during recounting 107 bags were such where stamps were defaced while 33 bags contained waste papers instead of votes. He said that when the bags of NA-124 would be reopened, cats would come out of them instead of tigers. He said that he would release a whitepaper on rigging in NA-124 at a press conference in Lahore on Monday.

The PPP stalwart conceded that the Sindh government had failed to control the drought-situation in Thar which has claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent children. He said this should not have happened and the Sindh government should have acted at a rapid pace.