CM electoral controversy: Qureshi accuses Zardari of “playing with the Constitution” – Pakistan

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LAHORE: Pakistan’s top Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders said on Saturday that on July 22, an auction instead of an election was held in the Punjab Assembly; “the Constitution was flagrantly violated, and subsequently the mandate of the people was stolen”.

In an interview with media outside the Lahore Supreme Court Registry, PTI Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi pointed out that the letter from Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain (presented in the Punjab Assembly) had no legal standing, and it was not circulated among Q-League members and were unaware of its existence.

“The letter suddenly appears from the pocket of the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dost Mohammad Mazari, and no one knew about it. Thus, it showed the evil intentions of the ruling party,” he added.

He lambasted the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, Asif Ali Zardari, for “playing” with the Constitution, democracy and political ethics. “In our view, the Vice President’s decision violated the Constitution; it was illegal and unethical,” he added.

“If the mandate of the people is not accepted, the result will be disastrous, as we have seen in the past. We have to learn from past mistakes and move in the right direction,” he added.

PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry Told Media Vice President Stolen People’s Mandate; “he violated the Constitution and the ethics of politics, which was also the opinion of many jurists”.

He added that the superior court should summon him for contempt of court. “The country cannot accept Asif Ali Zardari’s policy,” he added.

He further stated that the country was making progress, but its economy was now on the verge of collapse; “it suffered irreparable damage and Pakistan was on the brink of bankruptcy.”

He expressed concern about the decision-making power of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain; “His ability to make decisions was limited due to his illness. However, he had said that he would not support a PTI candidate (Pervaiz Elahi) for the post of Chief Minister of Punjab,” he added.

When asked, he claimed Shujaat’s thumbprints “were taken on blank paper.” He hoped the top court would do them justice and also urged the establishment not to “play” with the country and added that Hamza Shehbaz was not an elected chief minister of Punjab.

Moreover, PTI General Secretary Asad Umar said the court rejected the Vice President’s claim that his decision was based on the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 63A.

“People shouldn’t be worried because the current government has run out of steam and will fall very soon. The system based on a few families and powerful people who make important decisions behind closed doors was on the verge of collapse, and a new system will replace it in which decisions will be made according to the aspirations of the people,” he said. added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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