PPP does not accept Musharraf as a constitutional President: Zardari

May 8th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, May 8 (ANI): Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said that the PPP does not accept Pervez Musharraf as a constitutional president of the country.

PPP has no connection with the presidency, while the Parliament and Prime Minister have working relationship with the presidency for smooth functioning of the government affairs. As far as the parliament and Prime Minister go there, it is because of working relationship with the president,” he said.

Zardari expressed his party’s commitment with regard to reinstatement of deposed judges, and said saying “it (restoration) is decided as only modalities are being worked out by the judges’ restoration committee.”

PPP Co-chairman made these remarks in an exclusive interview with a private television channel.

He said PPP was optimistic about restoration of the deposed judges by May 12 as it was already decided that judges would be restored and only modalities are being worked out.

Replying to a question, Zardari said the PPP does not want to indulge in discussion of PCO or non-PCO judges, as “the party wants resolution of the issue”.

He said his personal political thinking is that there should be a proper procedure for appointment of judges. There must be scrutiny of the appointment of Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Every Pakistani has a right to debate appointment of CJP, PPP Co-Chairman said. Judges should not judge each other. The Indian package is being contemplated. There should be a committee of ex-judiciary and senior judiciary to look into the complaints of Chief Executive or any citizen against a serving judge, which should be forwarded to the Parliament which should take decision on it, Zardari said.

He said procedure for appointment of judges is mentioned in the Charter of Democracy and the same will be adopted. (ANI)

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