Zardari invites Iftikhar to join politics

October 26th, 2008 - 11:52 am ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Oct 26 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he sees no judicial crisis in the country except a few deposed judges issuing political statements, and gave a veiled warning of bringing them into politics if they did not stop doing so.

Zardari said he sees no judicial crisis and anything of the sort. But he did advise the deposed judges, the number of which he counted as only four including the big gun, not to throw a political challenge to the government, The News reported.

The way these former judges are delivering speeches similar to that of politicians, I would advise the prime minister to give them a party ticket for the Senate elections to be held next year, he said.

I do not see even a minute judicial crisis except a few judges delivering political speeches, he said, adding: Forty-two out of 62 judges have taken new oath and now its a problem of only four/five people as many of them have already retired.

When asked whether these 4/5 judges also included the big gun (Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry), he said in a lighter tone that he (Iftikhar) was so popular that he might pose a threat to the government, as they had assumed the role of politicians and we would invite them to join politics and contest the Senate elections.

He said the president has the power to lift the two-year ban before any judge or government servant contests polls. He was asked how he would deal with the situation if Iftikhar Chaudhry decides to contests the elections.

President Zardari recounted his major achievements during his first 45 days in office as uniting the federation, undertaking a remarkably important official tour to China and taking on board the people of Pakistan and ANP on the war on terror.

To a question about creating a constitutional office of vice president of Pakistan similar to the American system, Zardari said the matter along with constitutional package including that of doing away with the 17th Amendment would be presented to parliament by early next year.

To a question about Nawaz Sharifs reported proposal of mid-term polls, Zardari said he does not see any chance of mid-term elections.

Mid-term or general elections after five years would be held under the supervision of the president. However, the decision to hold polls would be taken by the prime minister.

There is not even a remotest chance of mid-term polls, he declared. The Sharifs are my friends and we have signed Charter of Democracy and it would remain intact for giving strength to democracy, said Zardari. (ANI)

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