SC ‘pressurising’ politicians on unity, rather than ‘uniting’ within: Fazl

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressing a news conference. — Online/File
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressing a news conference. — Online/File
  • Fazl asks why govt should talk with “someone who bankrupted country”.
  • Asks SC not to disrespect Parliament resolution. 
  • Asks ECP not to show any weakness in court.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Amid the call for talks among politicians, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said that the Supreme Court rather than “uniting” is “pressurising” politicians to unite.

The JUI-F chief’s statement comes as the ruling alliance attempts to convince Fazl to hold talks with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. The push also comes after the Supreme Court asked the government to hold talks with the PTI chief on elections.

“We do not agree with the reasoning and philosophy being given for holding talks with Imran Khan right now,” Fazl told Geo News. He also wondered why the government should “bow down” to the PTI chief and hold talks with “someone who bankrupted the country”.

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) president also asked the Supreme Court not to disrespect the Parliament’s resolution regarding the release of funds for the Punjab elections. He also asked the politicians to tell the Supreme Court, respectfully, that they do trust them.

“It is a matter of concern and shock that the Supreme Court is completely divided today. Supreme Court rather than uniting is pressurising politicians to unite,” said the JUI-F chief. He also asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) not to show any weakness in court.

In the recently held fiery press conference against the Supreme Court, the JUI-F chief had said that he stands by every word he said.

CJP’s actions imposed ‘judicial martial law : Fazl

Last week, in a press conference, the JUI-F chief said the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) “usurped” the powers of the ECP as well as parliament and the government, creating a “judicial martial law” like situation in the country.

The PDM chef had also accused CJP Umar Ata Bandial of meddling with the appointment of the apex court’s registrar, a task that the government is supposed to carry out.

Fazl went on to say that only the parliament was authorised to conduct the legislation but the top judge had formed a bench even before the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill, 2023 had been enacted.

“Constitutionally, powers were divided between all institutions, and no institution should interfere in the jurisdiction of another,” he added.