Three ousted Pak judges say Musharraf not fit to be president

November 20th, 2007 - 2:54 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 20 (ANI): Three ousted judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court have declared that President General Pervez Musharraf was not fit to contest the October 6 presidential elections.

The judges, who are presently under house arrest following the imposition of emergency, said that frequent military interventions and destabilization of elected governments has given rise to indiscipline, disorder, unemployment, massive corruption, intolerance, and extremism in Pakistan, which must be eradicated and eliminated with iron hands, The News reported.

Justice Rana Bhagwandas, Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan and Mian Shakirullah Jan, who refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), have also observed in their joint judgment that continuation of Musharraf as Army Chief beyond December 31, 2004 was illegal and unlawful.

Confirming the submission of report, Justice Bhagwandas who headed the bench, said they had taken a lot of time and effort to put together the arguments to establish their points of view.

He went on to say that his staff might have handed over the judgment to the concerned authorities for its release to the media, but it was simply dumped and ignored.

These are very important observations and everybody should come to know about those points on the basis of which we had decided the issue of eligibility and merit, Justice Bhagwandas said.

Any endeavour to continue and affirm the present system of governance, which has transformed the parliamentary system of governance into a presidential form of government is bound to damage the dignity, respect and honour of the citizen of this country in the comity of the nations and bring a bad name to it, which can hardly be appreciated, they said in their report.

Independence of judiciary, stability of the democratic system, regular conduct of the general election process, allowing the institutions to serve freely within the sphere of their scope and without involvement of the armed would always be in the supreme interests of the nation, the report said. (ANI)

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