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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CIA, GHQ can derail democracy: Azfar Kamal Acting Attorney General of Pakistan

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Counsel for the Federation Kamal Azfar Advocate on Monday submitted before the Supreme Court that Government feared CIA and GHQ could derail democracy in the country.
During the hearing of a number of identical petitions against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry enquired of the counsel for Federation as to which kind of threat the government feared as a result of the Supreme Court’s prospective judgement in the case. The Chief Justice had asked the question in connection with an application filed by the Federation through Kamal Azfar Advocate wherein the SC was requested to confine its judgement to the prayer in Dr Mubashar Hassan’s petition against the NRO.
The application further stated that the country was poised at the crossroads; one leading to a truly federal democratic welfare state while the other was leading to destabilisation of the rule of law, ending with the sentence that the nation was awaiting the court’s verdict.
Kamal Azfar Advocate replied that government feared threat from CIA and GHQ. However, when directed by the Chief Justice to submit the statement in written, he said that it was his personal opinion.
The Chief Justice also enquired of him as to who had instructed him for inserting such paragraphs in the application, to which Kamal Azfar said that he had himself inserted the said paragraphs in the application and no government authority had instructed him to do so. The Chief Justice then directed Secretary Law to elaborate the contents of the application before the court today (Tuesday).
The Chief Justice while expressing utter displeasure over the said application remarked if government feared November 3, 2007 like situation, then it should intimate the court so that it could pass immediate stay order. “We are here for the rule of law and would not tolerate such allegations,” the Chief Justice remarked.
Acting Attorney General Shah Khawar, however, stood and said that Government had full confidence in the court and would implement its verdict, whatever it might be, in letter and spirit. He said that he would inform the court on Federation’s stance regarding the abovementioned application today (Tuesday).

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