Mixed views about the Judges restoration on May 12

No consensus between Nawaz, Zardari on judges restoration
LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League (N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari have failed to achieve consensus on the restoration of the judges but they agreed to continue dialogue, sources said. The first round of talks between Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari about the reinstatement of the deposed judges concluded on Friday. After the meeting, the two leaders accompanied with Shahbaz Sharif left for a hospital where Kulsoom Nawaz is under treatment. Earlier, on arriving at the residence of Nawaz Zardari, Asif Zardari said the ruling coalition is not in jeopardy, adding the nation will hear a good news regarding judges.

According to media reports, Ishaq Dar, Khawja Asif, Ghaus Ali Shah and Hussain Haqqani attended the meeting. When the leaders came outside after the negotiations, Asif Ali Zardari kept quiet most of the time on questions posed by the journalists. However, Mian Nawaz Sharif told the mediamen that the negotiations are still underway and will continue a little afterwards. Nawaz Sharif denied the possibility of MQM inclusion in the negotiations.

Nawaz, Zardari to finalize judges’ restoration: Naek
While Law Minister Farooq H. Naeq has said that the PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and PML(N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif in their meeting in London would take the final decision about the modus operandi for the restoration of the deposed judges. Talking to newsmen on Friday, he said the constitutional committee on reinstatement of judges could not evolve consensus on the mode of implementation of the draft resolution due to divergent views of constitutional experts Aitzaz Ahsan and Hafiz Pirzada. He said Aitzaz Ahsan had given his opinion on the draft resolution while Hafiz Pirzada is expected to float his comments today. These comments would be forwarded to the party heads who will take the final decision.

Responding to a question about twelve May deadline, he said a summary would be moved for the convening of the National Assembly session if the party heads gave a green signal. About his recent meeting with the Prime Minister, he said Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has instructed him to complete legislation on provincial autonomy as well as introduce jail reforms to provide better facilities to the prisoners. He said the Prime Minister also directed to amend the NAB ordinance at the earliest and repeal all the black laws in it.

Extra-constitutional means unconstitutional: Aitizaz
On the other hand Supreme Court Bar President Aitizaz Ahsan has said no term like extra-constitutional step is acceptable as constitution realize only constitutional step. In an interview he on Friday said that steps of November 3 were unconstitutional as these were not constitutional. He said that no person has the power to remove judges of the higher courts. He said that draft of the resolution for restoration of the judges has been prepared and the judges should be restored unconditionally. “After restoration of the judges the parliament can introduce a constitutional package if it wishes it as it is right of the parliament”, he added. However, he said that baring freedom of judiciary against the wishes of the people would be wrong. To a question he said that he will participate in the bye-polls.

May 12 final deadline for judges’ restoration: Ch. Nisar
Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader and Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has made it clear that May 12 is last deadline for the restoration of deposed judges and there is no justification to extend it. Talking to newsmen on Friday, Ch. Nisar pointed out that it was not a wise decision to extend date of the reinstatement of the judges till May 12 and there was no logic to extend it further. “The PML-N would take its final decision if the judges were not restored on May 12” he added.

To a question, Ch. Nisar said that the PML-N Central Executive Committee and Parliamentary Party joint meeting is summoned on May 12 as it serious about its May 12 commitment. He said that the PML-N all MNAs were asked to reach Islamabad to attend the National Assembly session if it was summoned on May 12, adding that the decision would be taken in the meeting. “The PML-N will take final decision if new constitutional complication was created after MAY 12. He said that the PML-N demanded the restoration of all judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Ruling coalition not in jeopardy: Zardari
Statement from the Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari is really meaning ful on this time saying that the ruling coalition was not in jeopardy and the nation will hear the good news regarding judges. Zardari said this at his arrival at the residence of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif in Park Lane here on Friday afternoon. According to media reports, Ishaq Dar, Khawja Asif, Ghaus Ali Shah and Hussain Haqqani are also present in the meeting.

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