Pak minister 'warns' judiciary to keep away from political affairs
The chief spokesman for the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has requested superior courts to stay away from political affairs saying it can affect the federation.
"If you will interfere in political affairs, people will criticise such decisions," The Dawn quoted Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP spokesman and Minister for Information and Broadcasting, as saying.
Kaira referred to the Lahore High Court (LHC) judgment about building Kalabagh dam and said: "Such decisions will not only create further divisions within the federation but also attract criticism."
The LHC in its ruling on Thursday had directed the federal government to go ahead with the construction of the dam in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Common Interests (CCI). The decision has sparked a debate, pitting supporters and opponents of the dam project against each other.
Without directly referring to a recent judgment of the apex court in which President Asif Ali Zardari was asked to stay away from politics, Kaira said: "We are not judges, generals or bureaucrats that you stop us from politics. Quaid-i-Azam created this country through politics and we have saved it through politics. We will keep on doing this."
Kaira said it was because of President Zardari that the country had democratic dispensation, alleging that in the past the presidency had been used to hatch conspiracies against democracy.
"Do you want a political president or a conspirator president working against democracy. I humbly request respected judges to work within their domain and let us work in our domain," he further said.