Pakistan in grip of opportunist judges, generals: Sharif

March 4th, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, March 4 (IANS) Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said the country is presently being ruled by “opportunist judges and generals”, a media report said.
Addressing a national conference on restoration of judiciary here, Nawaz Sharif said that justice cannot be ensured in the absence of free judiciary, Geo TV reported.

He said the Governor rule in Punjab province could have been averted.

The former prime minister said the Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar had offered to give a favourable verdict, “if the PML-N leadership accepted extension in his tenure as chief justice of Pakistan”.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N chief said his party would again rule Punjab since it enjoyed massive mass support.

The Supreme Court last month upheld last year’s Lahore High Court verdict that disqualified Nawaz Sharif because of his conviction in a case concerning his attempts to block the landing here of a plane carrying Musharraf, who was then the army chief. Musharraf subsequently overthrew Sharif in a bloodless coup in October 1999.

Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif was disqualified on grounds of tax evasion and bank loan default. The decision led to the collapse of his Punjab provincial government.

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