President Zardari soon to announce election date: Federal Law Minister

Karachi :  Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naik on Saturday said that President Asif Ali Zardari will soon announce the date for holding general elections in the country.

Addressing the legal fraternity at the Karachi Bar Association, he said that election commission of Pakistan will declare the schedule of next general elections after the president of country announces the date. He said,  We will not let conspiracies succeed to delay holding elections.

He handed over the cheque of Rs.10.5 million as grant to the Karachi Bar Association for renovation of the Bar.

Federal minister said that he had promised for 20 million grant to the bar that he fulfilled by giving first installment.

He held that that government wants rule of law and independent Judiciary. He said judges should exercise their jurisdiction as bestowed upon them, pursuant to law and constitution, adding if judiciary tried to make inroads into domain of other institutions, this might create situation not favorable for thriving democracy.

He maintained that democracy has come with great difficulty. He said that we have to adopt collective efforts to protect and promote democracy, rule of law, and strengthen the institutions in the country.  Let us commit that we will do all in our power to see the three institutions, judiciary, executive, and legislative must work in their own domain and respect each other,  he added.

He observed that media which is vibrant and alive today must play positive and proactive role in the achievements of this goal.

He said that country has an independent election commission and that credit goes to the coalition government as well as house representatives. Though, he went on to say, none can interfere in the right of people to choose their representatives, and if any individual or group tried to trample upon this right it would be strictly dealt with.

He said that lawyers have given their blood, their time, energy and knowledge of law for the rule of law and independent judiciary, adding we would not let their sacrifices go waste.

Mustafa Lakhani, president Sindh High Court Bar Association and Naeem Qureshi, president Karachi Bar Association also spoke on the occasion.

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