LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmed on Saturday said that President Asif Ali Zardari was cutting his own feet by taking dictatorial steps. Addressing Lahore High Court Bar Association here, he said that President Zardari did not have courage to face justice; therefore, it was useless to attach expectations from him regarding restoration of the deposed judiciary.
He said that President Zardari was taking all steps to keep intact fake judiciary as he was afraid of independent judiciary that it might make him to face the corruption case which were removed through National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
He said that his party and the lawyers would not accept only restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry but the restoration of the judiciary on the position of November 02, 2007. The step of former President Pervaiz Musharraf taken on November 3rd, 2007 was unconstitutional as the superior judiciary termed the emergency as illegal on the same day, JI Amir said.
He said that deposed Chief Justice Chaudhry would not be able to provide justice to the nation after the induction of political judges by President Zardari; therefore, only restoration of pre-November 3rd judiciary would by accepted nothing else.
Qazi vowed that the long march and sit-in would be held according to the schedule saying all the efforts were being carried out to bring change in the system to provide speedy justice to the people. He strongly rejected the foreign involvement in the internal matters saying the foreign forces had their own interest and they wanted to set up a government here which could safeguard their interests.
Qazi said that the rumors regarding establishment of parallel Supreme Court were being spread to weaken the long march but such decision would not be accepted. JI Amir also criticized the imposition of ban on private TV channels saying that such steps would increase hatred feeling among the masses for the government.-SANA