Nawaz advises Govt to revise judicial commission to break the deadlock

Chief Pakistan Muslim League (N) Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif while clarifying his stance over Constitutional Reforms Package has asked the PPP-led Federal Government to revise the judicial commission, by increasing number of judges and decreasing executive members, to break the deadlock.

The judicial commission should have five members: the chief justice as the commission head, two senior SC judges, the Attorney General and the Supreme Court Bar Association President as its members”, he said this while addressing the news conference.

He said he had no regrets about his decision on constitutional reforms Package. “Whatever I said is the stance of my Party on the constitutional reforms Package and we believe it is good for Pakistan. This principled stance will steer Pakistan towards success,” he added.

Several people have backed his stance and remaining will understand it soon, he said, adding that, the Party’s reservations over the judges’ issue were not a sudden change of heart but Ishaq Dar, the Party’s member had wrote a dissent note on the issue a day ago at the committee.

Replying to another question, he said, he was prepared to settle all differences. “We want to evolve consensus before tabling the matter in the National Assembly. Things have not yet gone out of control,” he added.

He regretted that the government had linked the entire constitutional reforms package with the scrapping of the 17th Amendment, which complicated the things.

He said the PML-N had reservations about Law Minister Babar Awan announcing the programme of tabling the constitutional reforms package in the assembly. The announcement should have been made by the constitutional reforms committee, he added.

When asked about talks with Awami National Party (ANP) over new nomenclature for the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), he said, we were making efforts to reach consensus on the issue. He hoped that the issue would be resolved soon. We are trying to resolve issues outside the Parliament to avoid any confrontation, he added.

On February 18 2008, he said, the entire Parliament was ready to revoke 17th amendment but neither such thing happened nor deposed judges were restored. The movement of masses was the main reason behind reinstatement of judges, he added.

The dream of people about independent judiciary, he said, would not go in vain. A judge involved in murder case was appointed as judge of Supreme Court in past and we do not want repeat of same thing in the future, he said.

The Kangaroo courts were moved for the verdict with regard to his and brother Shahbaz Sharif’s eligibility, he said. When asked about trial of Former President Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, he said, it is the demand of entire nation and country will not go forward without his trial.

If we want that no one should breach constitution then we would have to try Musharraf, he said.

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