RPPs case judgement: Govt decides to file review plea
16 January, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court's order in the rental power projects case.
Sources revealed to our sources that the government is considering filing a review petition against the SC order for the arrest all 12 accused in RPPs scam. They informed that Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir might move the review petition on Wednesday (today), and it is expected that he would make aggressive arguments in the petition.
The sources said that although the review would be moved against the apex court's order but it had not been decided whether it would be filed by the government or NAB. Meanwhile, the government said it has not been informed of any arrest order against the prime minister. "So far we have not received anything from the Supreme Court in writing.
The government, the Law Ministry and the prime minister have not received any order from the Supreme Court," Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told a private TV channel.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said there is a difference between an accused and a culprit, and just to remove concerns "I would say that Raja Pervez Ashraf is still a prime minister and he would continue as the same."
Meanwhile, the leaders of lawyers community on Tuesday showed strong reaction regarding political developments, especially the long march of Dr Tahirul Qadri and the Supreme Court's order for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf in rental power case, and threatened to launch an agitation to save the system.
"It is not a coincidence but a part of multiple planning. Lawyers support judiciary on principles but oppose the misuse of the judiciary which has caused instability in the country," said Asma Jehangir, the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club along with leaders of the Sindh High Court Bar Association and Karachi Bar Association, she said that these developments were aimed at bringing the army back into the rule.
Asma said that these developments had targeted the democracy and the rule of law. She asked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to justify issuance of prime minister's arrest orders in hurry.
"Was the prime minister running away?" she raised the question. She said she was not defending anybody's corruption but there was a procedure in the law for taking action.
She went on to say that if lawyers could agitate "to save anybody's job" then they could go ahead to do more and save the future of their children. She said that they had sensed all such developments earlier back but now everything had been divulged before people. When asked a question about who was supporting Dr Qadri, she said this was no more a secret now. "People of the country have watched such films on several times since 1956 in the country in which one has to act as Maula Jutt and other as hero."
She cited the 'plane hijacking case' against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as one of the examples of 'such films'.