Pak Affairs

PPP looses moral ground; Restoration boosts image of Sharifs, PM and army chief

Islamabad: Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Thursday said restoration of deposed judiciary has boosted the popularity of Sharif brothers, prime minister and army chief while Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has become the most popular judge of the world.

Expectations of masses are touching skies, which will be a test for the revived judiciary. “Masses will expect help in matters which are beyond the jurisdiction of the Apex court,” said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW. He said that restoration has injected new blood in judiciary, lawyers, bar associations, media, civil society and opposition while it has clipped powers of people acting like dictators.

“Chief Justice faces tasks like restoration of dignity of the Supreme Court, disqualification of Sharif brothers, NRO, PCO judges, PCO based Islamabad High Court and validity of its decisions, steps taken by Musharraf, missing persons and controversial privatisations etc,” he said.

He said that restored judiciary should try to keep system stable, avoid policymaking and such popular decision which are against the interest of Pakistan. Government will not be able to keep PML-Nawaz out of power for long. It should soon resolve some outstanding issues including that of governor of Punjab, reservations of lawyers and opposition over restoration etc.

PPP has already lost the moral ground by expressing political immaturity many times. If it continued to press incoherent policies, it may find itself reduced to interior Sindh in the next elections, said Dr. Mughal. He said that nation is rightly pleased after achieving a goal but it should also prepare to attain other important goals. -PEW

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