Rulers urged not to violate constitutional spirit

KARACHI: The decision to establish military courts is against the spirit of the constitution of Pakistan, said Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor.

Addressing a meeting of Pasban Executive Council, he said this decision is against the constitutional spirit, the objective resolution, and the ideals of Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He said sadly this decision was taken on the birthday anniversary of the father of the nation. He said the rulers, instead of making Pakistan a security state, should follow the constitution of Pakistan in letter and spirit.

Altaf Shakoor said important decisions should be taken on merit, and young and talented alternate leadership should be given chance to come forward through electoral reforms. He said the VIP culture should be done away with and youths provided job opportunities. He said if the terrorists were tried and punished by the existing courts through a serious prosecution, there would have no need of setting up the military courts. He said the dire consequences of these imprudent decisions would ultimately shatter the national unity.

Pasban leader reminded that military courts had also been established in the eras of Gen Ayub and Gen Zia, but instead of taking the criminals to the task they proved harmful for the national unity. He said our main problem is that in opposite to the dreams of Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal our country has remained under military rules for longer period, who patronized sectarian and anti-federation groups. The dictators became tools of the foreign forces and prepared armed militias, gangs, mafias and terrorist outfits that harmed the nation and country.

Altaf Shakoor said in past the rulers instead of following the constitution of Pakistan chose to make their own constitutional interpretations. They influenced the courts and promoted corruption. This is why today the whole country is in the grip of terrorism and lawlessness. He said the PML-N, PPP, PTI and other political parties have always failed to assess the situation and blindly endorsed the marital laws and quasi martial laws to save their vested interests. However, the national unity was put at the stake in this process. He said it is better that our police and secret agencies should provide solid proofs to the existing courts against terrorists, mafias and criminals so that they could be given exemplary punishment and the nation and country may get rid of the curse of terrorism.

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