PPP, PML-N term ordinance ‘worst’ attack on Supreme Court

Raza Rabbani says cabinet is blind, cannot read Constitution: Ahsan Iqbal says it’s an attempt to defame Constitution: Sherry Rehman says country now facing constitutional crisis

By: News Desk
Published: 04:02 PM, 7 Feb, 2021
PPP, PML-N term ordinance ‘worst’ attack on Supreme Court
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The top Opposition parties have rejected the presidential ordinance regarding Senate open voting as the ‘worst’ attack on the Constitution and the Supreme Court, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing a news conference in Karachi on Sunday, senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Mian Raza Rabbani and Sherry Rehman rejected the presidential ordinance saying the move was based on ill-intention.

Raza Rabbani maintained that the PPP is a staunch supporter of the transparency as it was a party which was most affected by rigging. “Elections are held as per the Constitution but here the Cabinet is blind which cannot read the Constitution,” he observed.

Raza Rabbani said the government is playing with the institutions. “The Cabinet in October 2020 had decided to introduce a bill for a constitutional amendment, then the same cabinet had decided to send a presidential reference to the Supreme Court and now it had decided to promulgate a presidential ordinance.”

Raza Rabbani opined “The ordinance is a strange legislation as it was promulgated but can’t be effective if the Supreme Court rules against the presidential reference regarding Senate open balloting. And, if the court verdict came against the reference after the elections then will the whole process be repeated?”

Sherry Rehman declared that the government has thrown the country into a constitutional crisis. “The PPP and PDM support transparency but the ruling PTI bought ‘horses’ during the last Senate elections,” she said.

The PPP leader said the government has gone crazy. “It first attacked the Constitution, then Parliament and now the Supreme Court,” she said, adding it was Parliament’s job to amend the Constitution.

“But, it seems their ‘pawns’ are not in their control,” Sherry Rehman remarked.

Hours earlier, PML-N senior leader and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has described the presidential ordinance for Senate open voting as an attack on the Constitution as well as on the Supreme Court.

Talking to media men in Narowal, Ahsan Iqbal said “The ordinance is the worst attack on the Constitution and the worst attack on the Supreme Court.”

He said the tabling of the 26th constitutional amendment bill by the government is the National Assembly was meant that change in the Senate voting mechanism is not possible without amending the Constitution. “The introduction of the bill was an admission by the government,” he added.

Ahsan Iqbal declared that the presidential ordinance, which was issued in the darkness of the night, was a ‘horrible’ attack to defame the Constitution. “And tomorrow, the government can roll back the 18th Amendment by just promulgating another ordinance,” he warned.

The PML-N leader said “Everyone knows when a matter is subjudiced then no one talks about it nor its status is changed.”