ISLAMABAD: Former law minister Iqbal Haider condemned arrest and thrashing of the opposition by the government in order to stop them from reaching to the Election Commission. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the government was so scared that it has resorted to third degree illegal tactics. Commenting on the Supreme Court’s verdict on dual office, Haider said that the court has dismissed the petitions and has “not allowed an Army Chief to contest the Presidential election.” A review petition could also be submitted in the apex court to challenge the decision, he added.
He said that stopping the people from reaching the Election Commission was against the law and negation of the constitution. He said that change in the election regulations by the Election Commission of Pakistan speak volumes of the Commission partisan and it was no more secret that Musharraf’s nomination papers would not be rejected by the EC. Haider resolved to move to the court if the Election Commission rejected their objections on General Musharraf’s nomination papers. The movement, he said, would also continue in the cities, towns, streets and playgrounds to safeguard the integrity of the army and to put an end to the military role in politics.-SANA