Govt, op­po­si­tion should join hands to make an ef­fec­tive ju­di­cial com­mis­sion

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF RE­PORTER

ISLAMABAD—The Pak­istan Ex-ser­vice­men As­so­ci­a­tion (PESA) on Sun­day sup­ported the de­ci­sion of the Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan to re­ject ap­point­ment of Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion in ac­cor­dance with the gov­ern­ment’s Terms of Ref­er­ence (TOR). The TORs are im­prac­ti­ca­ble and PESA had al­ready re­quested the CJP re­cently to take Suo Moto ac­tion to sep­a­rate the is­sue of Panama Leaks and deal with it on ur­gent ba­sis, it said.

The mem­bers of PESA in a meet­ing said win­ning an elec­tion is not a sym­bol of good and hon­est lead­er­ship as ma­jor­ity of our vot­ers are ei­ther cap­tives of our feu­dal sys­tem or are caught up in ‘bratheri’ loy­alty.

De­spite claims of clean elec­tions by cer­tain quar­ters, process of dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions and bye elec­tions is still go­ing on which is un­heard of in other demo­cratic coun­tries there­fore early adop­tion of bio­met­ric iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of vot­ers and elec­tronic vot­ing is nec­es­sary.

They said that na­tional lead­ers are ex­pected to be ex­tra clean and most hon­est; they must not hide be­hind cul­prits of by­gone era; they should come clean and re­gain con­fi­dence of the peo­ple.

Prime Min­is­ter must take the ini­tia­tive and ex­plain the sources of in­come for the as­sets ac­cu­mu­lated by his fam­ily and de­tails of the method adopted for trans­fer of those funds. Op­po­si­tion and gov­ern­ment should stop point scor­ing and join hands to pave way for an ef­fec­tive com­mis­sion which can dis­pense jus­tice and erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion which has barred na­tional de­vel­op­ment, they de­manded.

There are un­con­firmed re­ports that cer­tain quar­ters in the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment are sug­gest­ing weak­en­ing of the Army’s com­mand struc­ture. Mem­bers of PESA hope that th­ese are ill founded ru­mours. At the same time, they are con­fi­dent that the Army knows how to take care of its pro­fes­sional ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Mem­bers of PESA con­demned hang­ing of Ja­maat-e-Is­lami leader in Bangladesh for al­leged war crimes. This is­sue of so-called war crimes re­lat­ing to 1971 was set­tled am­i­ca­bly in the tri­par­tite peace agree­ment signed in 1974. It is sur­pris­ing that our For­eign Of­fice has wo­ken up to lodge protest af­ter the hang­ing. The mat­ter should have been taken up at OIC and other in­ter­na­tional fo­rums when the trial was started or first judg­ment was an­nounced.

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