ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) on Monday rejected Presidential Ordinance regarding the setting up mobile courts. Reacting on the issue of setting up the mobile courts, the PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal has said that the decision about setting up mobile courts to take revenge from the political rivals. He said that the government wants to destroy democratic values in the name of speedy justice and trail. Nawaz also criticized the mobile courts ordinance and claimed that the law has nothing to do with the justice but it has been promulgated to stop the long march.
Ahsan Iqbal said that the decision was another punch at the face of judiciary from PPP government. The government should introduce reforms to control on loopholes in the judiciary system instead of setting up mobile courts.
The manner in which the federal government has decided to launch mobile courts will lead to disruption of judicial order and widespread resentment, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said. A press statement issued by HRCP on Monday said: “Both the timing and manner of promulgating an ordinance to establish mobile courts raise grave concerns.
There is no valid reason why the government chose to introduce the measure through a presidential ordinance a day ahead of the current National Assembly session. Such brazen-faced tricks to bypass the parliament always invite doubts on government’s bona fides.
It is impossible to ignore the timing of the measure, amid protests by the PML-N against the court verdict disqualifying its leaders and ahead of the lawyers’ long march. If it is meant to pre-empt protests and demonstrations it will only fuel more. Such shortsighted measures would achieve little other than further undermining public faith in the judicial order and increasing credibility gap between the public and the government and it is all the more important to avoid them amid the prevailing confidence deficit and political turmoil.”
While Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Naib Amir Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmed termed the ordinance issued by President Asif Ali Zardari regarding mobile courts as unconstitutional because no ordinance could be issued during the proceeding of the national assembly. He said that President Zardari in order to stop the long march and PML-N movement issued the ordinance in a way which is absolutely contrary to the constitution as during the proceeding of the national assembly the President could not issue any ordinance. He condemned the ordinance and demanded of President Zardari to reverse the ordinance.