WEB DESK – The president of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has maintained that those federal minister who ‘maligned’ Pakistan Army stands disqualified as per the constitution of the country.
Shujjat was addressing a lawyers’ convention in Lahore on Saturday when he expressed serious concern over the statements made by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s federal minister.
“Constitution of Pakistan clearly barred from maligning the armed forces of Pakistan. But the federal ministers have maligned the Pakistan Army many times. Even they said to be standing by their words when pointed out. What more evidence would be needed to disqualify them from the offices?” Shujaat maintained.
Shujaat stated that ‘high treason’ was taken in context of treason against state or country. He maintained that Pervez Musharraf’s trial should be taken as of constitutional nature rather treason against state.
Former premier vowed to stop Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) in the Senate (upper house of the parliament) for its ‘draconian’ nature. The PPO is already being challenged in the Supreme Court by a lawyer and yesterday (Friday), the chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani, made clear remarks against barring the freedom of citizens only to ensure national security.
He also said that in 2013 general elections, returning officers were responsible for his party’s defeat.
The Article 63(G) of Pakistan’s constitution states:63. Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament): 1. … . . . (g) he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release;
PakistanTribe reported on April 10, that despite the military top brass expressed concern over the statements of federal ministers, the leader of PML-N and federal minister of railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq said to be standing by his words previously stated about former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf and role of Pakistan Army in high treason case.