Islamabad May : A delegation of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) led by its President Mr Yasin Azad called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at PM’s House on Thursday.The lawyers of Pakistan fully support that the elected government should complete 5-year term.
The people of Pakistan have right to change the government because the right to change the government rests with them, he said.
The President, SCBA said that state institutions should work within their domains as envisaged in the Constitution. Transgression into each others domain leads to weakening them, he added.
The President of SCBA reiterated that lawyer community is totally committed to supremacy of law, democracy and the constitution and any force contemplating to work against them will be resolutely resisted.
The President of SCBA said that the lawyers had neither supported dictatorship in the past nor will do so, adding that right of accountability lies with people of Pakistan.
The President of SCBA handed over an invitation to the Prime Minister for Chairman PPP Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to attend a meeting on Balochistan organized by SCBA on May 26 at Islamabad. The meeting is likely to be attended by all political leadership of all political parties.
The Prime Minister said that the trichotomy of power among the executive, Parliament and Judiciary had been well defined in the constitution and the intervention in the domain of other institutions would only lead to their weakening.
The Prime Minister highly appreciated the commitment of the lawyer’s community for supremacy of rule of law, democracy and the constitution adding that democracy was the only way to resolve the problems facing the nation. Undermining the democracy would adversely impact future of the nation.
He said that the Government restored the Constitution of 1973 to strengthen the democratic institutions and federation of Pakistan. Only the constitution protects and ensures the integrity of the country and is a guarantor of its integrity.
Prime Minister said that Pakistan Peoples Party was the only federal party having a broad-based representation in the country because its footprints were all over the country.
There is no doubt that PPP with its coalition partners had a clear majority in Punjab but by manipulating change of loyalties and opponents formed the government. But for the sake of democracy we preferred not to destabilize the provincial government, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said that anti-democratic rhetoric would not help the cause of democracy and the political opponents should have learnt lesson from the history and their personal experience meted out to them.
The Prime Minister said that he had led the long march for the restoration of judiciary when Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was detained by General Musharraf after declaration of emergency in 2007. A case was registered against me under the Anti-Terrorism Act and I had to spend six months in a prison room of 6×6.
While talking about his visit to the UK, the Prime Minister said that despite the fact that detailed judgment of the Supreme Court was announced on the day when he landed at Heathrow Airport, he was accorded an unprecedented protocol by the British Government.
He was the only head of the government invited by the British Government at the opening of the Parliamentary Session by the Queen of England. The Speaker of UK Parliament, which is mother of democracy, gave a reception in his honour.
He said that number of parliamentarians across political divide and scores of Ministers attended his reception given by Pakistan’s High Commissioner within the Parliament premises.
The Prime Minister said that he had one-on-one meeting with the British Premier and a number of meetings with UK Ministers. He said that he also addressed the convention of the Conservatives Friends of Pakistan, Vice Chancellors of the Universities and the Pakistani community and had a meeting with heads of financial institutions including the businessmen at the London Stock Exchange.
The Prime Minister also referred to the recent successful visit of Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan to Pakistan and support for Pakistan’s fight against extremism and terrorism by the Turkish President Mr Abdullah Gul at the Chicago Summit.
The Prime Minister agreed to inaugurate the Housing Scheme for Lawyers in Islamabad soon.The Prime Minister directed to deliver two coasters to SCBA for provision of the transport facilities to the lawyers.
The Prime Minister also committed that he would provide funds for the construction of the Supreme Court Bar Building for which he had already provided Rs. 350 million.
The SCBA delegation comprised of Mr. M. Aslam Zar, Secretary, Supreme Court Bar Association, Sardar Abdul Majeed, Additional Secretary. SCBA, Miss Rukhsana Bibi, Member Executive Council, SCBA, and Mr. Aslam Ghumman, Member Executive Committed SCBA.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Mr Fawad Chaudhry was also present on the occasion.