President Asif Ali Zardari has said that parliament had every right to legislate laws and will continue to do so in the future, breaking the silence on a number of issues that have cropped up between the judiciary and the government.
Apparently it was a retort to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who termed the Constitution supreme over all institutions. The president, however, declared the parliament supreme saying it was the voice of the masses.
Addressing a gather of parliamentarians and party workers, the president interestedly rubbished a ruling issued by the Lahore High Court (LHC), saying his office was part of parliament under the Constitution.
He observed, “No law barred the president from meeting his constituents. No one can bar me from meeting with elected representatives of PPP at the President House. You have elected me and I have become president because of your votes”.
President Zardari was of the opinion that those who wanted to restrict political forces will not be succeeded in their aims.
In his view, it was necessary for the system’s stability that every state institution doesn’t interfere the domain of others institutions.
Upholding his calm behavior, the president said that some institutions may, at times, appear to be overstepping their mandate in developing democracies. However, he said it was part of the system’s evolution and shouldn’t be a matter of concern.
“The Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) was not new to the conspiracies of anti-democratic forces and had been fighting them for the last four decades, successfully surviving all sorts of propaganda. No conspiracies or propaganda can weaken the party”, he added.
In the meantime, the president directed Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to create more employment opportunities in the province.
Considering the importance of upcoming elections, President Zardari also ordered other ministers, lawmakers and party officials to be in contact with the people.
Commenting on the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi, he underscored the need for equipping law-enforcement authorities with state-of-the-art tools to fight against criminals effectively.
Karachi, the provincial capital and economic hub of the country, was also suffering because of the rapid changes at the international level, he added.