Pak Govt to lift ban from becoming premier for the third time

December 14th, 2007 - 12:28 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Dec 14 (ANI): The Pakistan Government is all set to lift the ban on third-time premiership and an ordinance in this regard will be issued soon.
A Constitutional package was being prepared and a presidential order removing the ban on becoming premier for the third time was also included in this package, Geo News reported.
Pakistans Attorney General Malik Qayyum said that five presidential orders would be issued on December 15, the day emergency rule would be lifted.
The AG told reporters at Supreme Court that all the fundamental rights would be restored after the promulgation of the Revocation of the Proclamation of Emergency Order and the Repeal of Provisional Constitution Order.
Qayyum said that superior judges would take fresh oath under the 1973 Constitution after the promulgation of the ordinances.
He said all sacked judges would be given full pension benefits, adding that a special provision was also being introduced to provide pension benefits to a High Court judge who retired before completing a five-year tenure as permanent judge.
Qayyum said Article 209 of the Constitution, dealing with the Supreme Judicial Council on the accountability of superior judges, would not be changed.
The Daily Times quoted him as saying that no power was being given to the President in the Constitution to sack judges.
He also said that there was no proposal under consideration to suspend the local governments before the polls.
The presidential orders likely to be issued are: The Revocation of Proclamation of Emergency Order, 2007, the Repeal of Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), 2007, the Revival of Constitution Order, 2007, the Establishment of Islamabad High Court Order, 2007, and the Grant of Pensionary Benefits to Judges Order, 2007. (ANI)

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