Sunday, August 19, 2012
The Express TribunePunjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa on Saturday said the government will request the court on August 27 to postpone the case against the prime minister till the end of the tenure of President Asif Ali Zardari. The government’s plea will be based on Article 248 of the Constitution, Khosa said, while talking to journalists at an Iftar dinner reception held at Governor House. Khosa said that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will not be present in the court, but the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Irfan Qadir will submit the reply on his behalf. He said the AGP, citing Article 248, would request the court to postpone the hearing till the end of President Zardari’s tenure. When the tenure ends, the issue of writing the letter to Swiss authorities will be self-executed, he said. He said that former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani did not take the same approach when he was summoned by the court; rather, he emphasised on the fact that he did not commit any contempt of court. When the court asked Gilani to address the issue of Article 248, Gilani categorically replied that he wanted to focus on his contempt issue and his lawyer, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, was busy arguing that Gilani did not commit any contempt of court. “I hope Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading the Supreme Court bench hearing the NRO implementation case, after getting this positive plea from the government will accommodate PM Ashraf,” he said. Asked to define the term ‘accommodate,’ Khosa said: “SC may postpone the hearing of the case for an indefinite time period.” If the court does not accept the plea, Khosa said a new prime minister will be elected by parliament. Khosa also said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should stop addressing gatherings and conferences where he issues ‘fatwas’ against parliament and the incumbent PPP-led coalition government. The chief justice’s recent statement that government has failed to address the people’s issues and the nation is disappointed from the current regime is very pessimistic, he said. Such statements from an eminent personality spread unrest and uncertainty in the country, Khosa added. The state and parliament are interlinked and are supreme, while institutions like the judiciary are derived from parliament, he said. He said the chief justice’s theory, that parliament is not supreme, disgraces the nation. The chief justice should perform his role in strengthening the state, not destabilising institutions, Khosa added. The governor also disclosed that negations were underway with opposition Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s disgruntled leader Senator Zulifqar Khan Khosa, and he is quite likely to join the PPP. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N chief Nawaz do not have the moral courage to apologise to Khosa over their attitude; so Khosa, along with his three sons, may join the PPP, the governor added.
The Express TribuneRather than celebrating with their families, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Jalozai Camp will observe this Eid far from their homes.
The Punjab Governor has said that only parliament has the authority to legislate and make amendment in the constitution. Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa says only parliament has the authority to legislate and make amendment in the constitution. He was addressing at an Aftar Dinner in Lahore last night. He said that Parliament is the only difference between Democracy and the dictatorship.
http://statesman.com.pkThe rights of children are being taken as granted in Pakistani society, with the incidents of violence, abuse and torture against them on rise. In the first six months of the current year as many as 2331 cases of violence against children were reported from the different parts of the country, says a report of Madadgaar National helpline. Children are considered amongst the most vulnerable sections of society and protecting them against the violence and abuse considered as the prime responsibility in the civilized societies. However, the situation is quite different in our country. Madadgaar National helpline is working to eliminate the violence against women and children with support of Plan international-Pakistan. Madadgaar National helpline’s Database documented 2331 incidents of violence against children from January to June, 2012. These cases include all type of corporal punishment, harmful traditional practices such as forced marriages, rape, sodomy, honor killing, torture and other cruel, inhuman and shameful acts. According to Madadgaar database, in these six months 367 children were murdered, 164 raped, 117 sodomised, and 211 became the victim of torture. As many as 273 children were trafficked, 122 went missing, 136 committed suicide, 91fell prey to Karo-kari (honor killing) and 107 to vani. As many as 226 children were married forcibly. Moreover, 329 kidnapping cases were also reported. This statistics paints a dismal picture of basic children’s rights in Pakistan. Out of these 2331 cases of violence against children, 203 cases were reported from Balochistan, 382 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 687 from Sindh. Punjab remained foremost with 1059 cases of violence and abuse of children. The authorities in Pakistan seem frequently unwilling or unable to protect children from abuses, and bring perpetrators to justice which promotes a culture of violence through impunity granted to perpetrators. In order to curb this, Madadgaar is advocating sustained efforts through better training, awareness and sensitization provided to law enforcement officers. In order to truly safeguard human rights, government agencies and civil society organizations must make genuine joint efforts. The children have the right to survive and the right to be protected from violence and abuse. Children should be treated as human being and they have right to be respected as thinking, feeling beings. All form of violence against children must be forbidden. Zia Ahmed Awan, President Lawyers for Human Rights & Legal Aid said Pakistan has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC) and also ratified optional protocols which focus on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. After ratifying the CRC and optional protocols, the State is accountable to evolve effective mechanisms for the purpose of preventing violence against children and providing protection and all required services to the survivors, but unfortunately children’s rights are not recognized at government level and the issue of child protection has not given required attention. The Madadgaar National Helpline data shows that children are being murdered, raped, abused, trafficked and abducted with impunity which is very clear indication of failure of government in implementing CRC and other national laws to protect children. Awan has expressed grave concern over the startling situation of violence against children and demanded that the Government should make a strategy to protect children from all kind of violence and abuses in Pakistan, adding children should receive no less protection than adults.