Faisal Raza hurls allegations against CJ, demands his resignation
Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on Sunday hurled allegation of prejudice against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and demanded resignations from him and other judges who were reinstated but had taken an oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), DawnNews reported.
He said that his party would get rid of PCO judges and would present a bill in the parliament to reinstate the 110 judges who had been sacked earlier.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Abidi said that the chief justice should have resigned after his son, Arsalan Iftikhar, was alleged to have indulged in financial impropriety.
He alleged that Chief Justice Iftikhar had directed the Lahore High Court (LHC) to issue a stay order in a case pertaining to the 46 billion rupees of outstanding dues on different cellular companies.
Abidi said his party would “force him out the same way he had been restored as a judge.”
He said the PPP had always respected the courts, adding that, the party’s ministers had appeared before the courts and even a PPP prime minister had been sacrificed.
Abidi said “a judicial martial-law has been imposed in the country.”
The senator said his party was being targeted by the court while cases against PPP’s opponents had been granted stay orders.
The PPP senator requested the government to come forward and take steps to restore the parliament’s supremacy, adding that, the parliament had the authority of enacting and amending laws.
Abidi said the parliament was supreme and above other institutions. “Parliament is an institution which forms laws and constitutions. No one has the right to criticise its laws,” he said.
He said the courts should have taken action against dictators.
He alleged that Chief Justice House Islamabad had been misused for commercial purposes of Arsalan Iftikhar.
The senator showed bank account statements of Arsalan Iftikhar and raised questions about the legitimacy of his assets. He also showed that the billing address mentioned was that of the Chief Justice House in Islamabad.
Abidi said he would soon go to London to collect evidence against Arsalan Iftikhar and would call another press conference after doing so in 10 days.