ISLAMABAD: Terming the movement for independent judiciary as the movement of every Pakistani, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that more than 50,000 PTI workers would actively participate in the lawyers, long march on March 12-16.
Addressing a press conference at PTI Central Secretariat after chairing the party CEC meeting here, he said that all political parties termed the steps taken by former president Musharraf on Nov 3, 2007 as unconstitutional which meant that they admitted deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as the constitutional CJ; therefore, there was no reason to keep CJ Iftikhar out of the judicial business.
He asked the government to let the nation know about hurdles in the way of the deposed judges’ restoration saying the government was not reinstating deposed Chief Justice only because of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issued by former president Musharraf that given indemnity many politicians in corruption cases including President Asif Ali Zardari.
To a question, he said that former president Musharraf tried his level best to convince the deposed CJ for letting him to contest the presidential elections with wearing the uniform but he rejected all his offers; therefore, PTI was supporting the deposed CJ as he gave ray of hope to the nation regarding independent judiciary.
Terming the long march as a part of democracy, he ruled out that it would pose any threat to the current democratic system; however, he made it clear that the government would be retaliated if it used force.
Responding to a question on Swat situation, PTI Chairman said that there was no military solution of Swat and the tribal areas crisis as the army was kept engaged in these areas over last many years but it produced nothing only acceleration in militancy; therefore, the dialogue process must be initiated with in no time as the mass killing of the own citizen was threat to the federation.
PTI was also sending its team from NWFP to hold talks or prepare ground for comprehensive dialogue with the elements that were spoiling peace of the area, Imran added. Earlier, in the CEC meeting it was said that the policies of the government a continuation of former president Musharraf’s era as it had failed to live up to the promises of restoring democracy.
It also said that the restoration of peace in the affected areas must be on the top priority that could be achieved only through meaningful dialogue under the ambit of the constitution and law. The CEC also demanded of the government to provide good governance but also flayed that Pakistan People’s Party instead of providing good governance at the time of extreme economic crisis, it was busy in building unholy alliances.
It is pertinent to mention that former PML-Q leader and Faiz-Ul-Hassan Choan also joined PTI on the occasion. He was the major political figure after Ijaz Khan Jazi who joined the party from Rawalpindi City in recent months.-SANA