LAHORE— Punjab Assembly Deputy Opposition Leader Shaukat Mehmood Basra on Sunday said the PPP may knock at judiciary’s door if the PML-N did not honour its verdict on holding the local bodies’ elections in Punjab.

In a press statement, the PPP leader said the Punjab government would be committing contempt of court by not announcing a precise date for the local bodies’ elections.

Basra warned that the PPP had the option to go to the court to force the Punjab rulers to announce the local bodies’ elections in the province. He was of the view that the PML-N feared a defeat in elections and this was the reason it was disinclined to initiation of electoral process at the gross roots level.

Terming local bodies the nurseries of national politics, the PPP legislator alleged that the PML-N did not want to see national leadership emerging out of these. It was rather working on the agenda of producing dictators instead of politicians, he added, while predicting a dark political future for the Sharifs after the general polls. 

He also termed the Bas Rapid Transit System (BRTS) illegal, saying its total cost stood at Rs 29 billion, whereas, under the law, a province had to seek Centre’s approval for projects costing more than Rs 5 billion.

Separately, alleging that Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was indulging in politics, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday stressed other judges of the apex court to not to follow suit.

“For the sake of maintaining honour of their institution, the fellow judges should restrain the chief justice from crossing his constitutional and legal boundaries,” he remarked while talking to reporters at a luncheon hosted in his honour by local PPP leader Afnan Butt.

Fawad alleged that Iftikhar Mohammad was treating the PPP-led government like the Opposition. Alleging that he had become a politician, PM’s special assistant said he had seen a sharp resemblance between the statements of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah and those of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhy.

Meanwhile, PPP leaders on Sunday celebrated 24th birthday of party chairman Bilawal Zardari by organising a cake-cutting ceremony at the residence of party’s Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki who lauded the sacrifices of Bhutto family in her address on the occasion.

The local party leaders prayed for the long life of party chairman besides renewing their pledge to remain united under his leadership. 

Haji Azizur Rehman Chan, Sajida Mir, Zekria Butt, Abid Saqi and Ayesha Gohar were prominent on the occasion among a good number of party workers.

Ghurki said the PPP would contest the upcoming general elections under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari and form its governments not only in the Centre but also in the provinces including Punjab.