Senator Rehman Malik urges PLF to stay united under PPP

Islamabad: PPP senior leader and Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik today on Sunday urged the office barriers of Peoples Lawyer Forum to stay united under the flag of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and visionary young leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

While addressing an event organized at his residence in Islamabad, Senator A. Rehman Malik said that legal fraternity is the backbone of every country whose role is more important in the progress of a country. He said that it is matter of proud for the lawyers that the founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a lawyer. He said that a lawyer Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had founded Pakistan and the other lawyer Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto made Pakistan a nuclear power and gave constitution to the country. He said that a lawyer struggles for his mission which is to deliver the justice. He urged that PPP lawyers are requested to stay united and vote for the party’s candidate by consensus.

Senator A. Rehman Malik said that PPP has always moved forward with the Constitution of Pakistan and it has always played an important role in drafting and amending the Constitution. He said that the credit for the Constitution of Pakistan goes to the PPP.

He said that he was astonished by PM Imran Khan’ speech in Kashmir on Kashmir Solidarity Day wherein he repeated word ‘NRO’. “I want to make it clear again today that the PPP has never been beneficiary of NRO and has never signed it”, he added. He said that he wishes Prime Minister Imran Khan would only had talked about Kashmir on that day.

While expressing his views on Presidential Ordinance promulgated yesterday by the President of Pakistan, he said that once again the government has denied the Constitution and democracy by issuing it as it is in contradiction with the spirits of Constitution of Pakistan. He said that the President of Pakistan should know that many things had gone wrong in the past history of Pakistan due to wrong signing. He said that this act of bringing a presidential ordinance on Senate poll is against the democratic norms and detrimental to democracy in the country and also a contempt of court as the matter is subjudice before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He said that while the Senate and National Assembly sessions are intact why the government has done it without making a substantive effort to build a consensus on this amendment.

The presidential ordinance has been rejected by everyone, including legal fraternity. He said that the sanctity of the Constitution should not be violated while both Constitution and this presidential ordinance are contradicting each other. He said that the country is currently facing internal and external threats both on eastern and southern border which demands our national unity as Modi is involved in anti-Pakistan moves. He said that time and again he has advised the government to go to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. He said “I appeal to the lawyers if the government does not go to the International Court of Justice then the lawyers should go and he will fully support them.

The event was attended by President PLF President Advocate Sardar Najam, Abbas, and Advocate Ch. Tanvir candidate for Secretary Islamabad Bar, Advocate Fazal Illahi, Advocate Raja Mehmood, Advocate Saba Saleem, Advocate Fakhra, Advocate Ch. Khalid Hussain, and PPP leaders from Rawalpindi Ch. Iftikhar Ahmed, Raja Ammar and a large number of lawyers from Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

In the evening Senator A. Rehman Malik visited Eidgah Sharif shrine in Rawalpindi and met Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rahman Custodian of the Shrine of Eidgah Sharif, his son Muhammad Hassaan Haseeb ur Rehman and former religious affairs minister Pir Muhammad Aminul Hasnat Shah was also present on the occasion. On the request of Senator A. Rehman Malik, Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rahman prayed for peace, stability and progress of Pakistan. Senator Rehman Malik said that saints and Sufis have played special role in spreading Islam in subcontinent and also in making of Pakistan. He said that Saints and Sufis have always worked for religious harmony, peace and love. He said for peaceful and progressive Pakistan, we need interfaith harmony and unity among all sects of Islam and followers of various religions living in Pakistan.