ISLAMABAD  - The Supreme Court on Monday directed the petitioner to submit corroborative evidence of Chief Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain's legal status in the party.
A three-member bench led by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard a petition, filed By Barrister Zafarullah of Watan Party against May 11, 2013 telephonic address of Altaf Hussain from London to his party workers at Nine Zero in which he reportedly threatened to separate Karachi from the rest of Pakistan.
"You want the court to issue notice to Altaf Hussain for making a speech on May 11 asking for separation of Karachi from the country. For this you have to show that Hussain is the lawfully elected head of MQM," asked Chief Justice from Barrister Zafarullah.
Barrister Zafarullah informed the bench the MQM party was registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with the name of Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar. He contended that MQM had violated the provisions of Political Parties Act 2002 saying the MQM concealed facts regarding hierarchy of the party leaders while submitting Intra-Party Certificate with the ECP after the general elections. He pleaded that every body knew that Altaf Hussain is the chief leader of MQM, who talks about destabilising the internal situation of the country while sitting in London.
Barrister Zafarullah prayed to the bench to do away the impression that the court has been sidelined in the current matter. He urged the court to bar all the activities of the MQM in the country.
Upon that the Chief Justice observed that the court is adhering Constitution of Pakistan saying, "We never afraid of anybody except Allah". The bench asked the petitioner to file an amended petition in the matter and adjourned the hearing for 10 days.
In his petition, Barrister Zafarullah requested the court to declare Altaf Hussain an enemy of Pakistan, ban his telephonic addresses from London and proscribe the MQM as a political party. He made Altaf Hussain, MQM secretary general, ECP, law secretary and Pemra as respondents and said the court should take serious notice of Hussain's May 11 speech.
Budget to give relief to common man, stabilise economy: PMFinance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday evening briefed Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif about the ongoing debate on budget in the Parliament.
During the meeting, Dar briefed the Prime Minister about the budget session of the Parliament and also apprised him that a comprehensive and constructive discussion on the budgetary proposals was taking place in both houses of the Parliament.
The Prime Minister was also briefed about various proposals and recommendations put forward by members of the Parliament during debate on the budget. The Prime Minister appreciated the interest that the budget document has evoked among the members of the Parliament in particular and among public in general.
While talking to Finance Minister, the Prime Minister said that budget was prepared with the objective to give maximum relief to the common man and to stabilise the country's economy.