By Azhar Masood and Tariq Al-Maeena
ISLAMABAD: Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Qayyum told Arab News here Monday,”reinstatement of deposed judges was very difficult. The Parliament needs two third majority to reinstate them and then there will be yet another issue of settlement of present and deposed judges.
When asked he had resigned, he said,”Yes I had tendered my resignation but President Musharraf refused to accept and asked me to continue”.
He was very candid to say that March 9 episode when the deposed Chief Justice Iftkhar chaudhry was called at Army House and asked to resign was in fact a big conspiracy against President Musharraf. Without naming former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz he said,”one of the close colleague of President Musharraf hatched the conspiracy to weaken him and hide his planned deal of Pakistan Steel Mills’ Privatization.
He said I was the President of All Pakistan Bar Association when Justice Iftkhar Chaudhry became the Chief Justice. We honored him. But after this conspiracy was executed we feel the deposed Chief Justice has developed political ambition. He addressed rallies and often drops political comments which are unbecoming of a good judge”.
He informed that today the Supreme Court’s larger bench deleted the condition of having a Graduation Degree for any candidate who desires to contest elections. This will enable Co-Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari to contest bye-elections.
Referring back to judges issue Malik Qayyum said “this was a clear conspiracy and it had foreign links to weaken President Musharraf”.
He admitted that he had advised President Musharraf not to send a Reference against Chief Justice Iftkhar Chaudhry but he did it against my advise. The man who wanted presidential reference against Iftkhar Chaudhry to the Supreme Judicial Council himself wanted to gain from Musharraf’s weakness without knowing its repercussions.
Malik Qayyum was very frank to say “At the end of the day its Allah will which prevail”.
Former Prime Minister has become a history now and nation only remembers him with bad words due to power shortage and bad shape of economy”.
He said he was quite comfortable with the PPP-led government. “My own sister is elected an MNA on PPP ticket”.
Malik Qayyum said, “I like Arab News very much whenever I go for Umra I even try to purchase old copies of this paper as it offers best knowledge on Islam”.