Oppn threatens civil disobedience

Updated on May 26, 2007 01:31 PM IST
Opposition parties also threaten to boycott national polls if Musharraf gets himself re-elected while holding the post of army chief.
HT Image
HT Image
PTI | By, Islamabad

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has said it would consider boycotting polls if President Pervez Musharraf got himself re-elected while continuing as the Army chief even as other opposition parties threatened to launch a civil disobedience movement over the issue.

Bhutto's confidante and top PPP leader Amin Fahim was quoted by the newly-launched Dawn news as saying that his party would mull boycotting the general elections if Musharraf continued to hold the dual posts of president and army chief.

His reaction came as Musharraf in his recent meeting with legislators of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) said that he would get elected by the existing national and provincial assemblies between September 15 and October 15 this year after which he would hold general elections.

On Friday, he told reporters in Karachi that he would act according to the constitution in deciding about his uniform.

Musharraf argues that constitutionally he is entitled to retain the uniform till the end of this year after which he says he would decide.

His recent remarks in an interview that uniform is his second skin and cannot be separated from him has created misgivings even to Bhutto who publicly admitted of having held talks with Musharraf to reach a deal.

The growing crisis over the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikar M Chaudhry and the May 12 violence in Karachi, the stronghold of PPP has also made Bhutto revise her strategy of having any rapprochement with him.

The PPP, however, boycotted all opposition party meetings organised by Jamat-i-Islami, Chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed in Islamabad on Friday, where a resolution was passed to organise a civil disobedience movement against the government if Musharraf went ahead with his move.

Leaders of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), allied parties of Islamist alliance Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA), cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and leaders of Pakistan Oppressed Nations Movement (PONM), Haji Adeel of the Awami National Party (ANP) took part in the meeting.

Former Army Chief, Aslam Beg and ex-ISI Chief, Hamid Gul also took part in the meeting.

A CDM would be launched if Musharraf resorts to any extra-constitutional act to prolong his tenure, Ahmed said.

PPP boycotted the meeting declining to associate with MMA not taking a strong stand against the religious extremists and obscurantist forces.

"We feel that Musharraf has already violated the Constitution by declaring his intentions of resorting to extra-constitutional steps to prolong his tenure," Ahmed said.

The meeting also called for removal of all hurdles in return of Sharif and Bhutto from abroad.

Ahmed said that opposition parties would strongly resist any extra-constitutional steps from Musharraf and would even call for countrywide disobedience movement.

He said the opposition parties would appeal to the nation not to cooperate with the government. "The consultative meeting of opposition parties remained very successful and all opposition parties were unanimous of the view to end the role of army in politics, resignation of Musharraf and the government, restoration of constitution as it was on October 12, 1999 and fair elections under an interim government," Ahmed said.

The opposition parties held Musharraf and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, (MQM) responsible for the May 12 violence and killings in Karachi and demanded to bring Altaf Hussain for trial back to Pakistan.

Earlier, addressing the meeting Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the only agenda of Musharraf was to prolong his tenure whether he had to take any extra-constitutional steps, including imposition of emergency in the country.

Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly and MMA General Secretary Fazalur Rehman said the only agenda of Musharraf was to prolong his tenure whether he had to take any extra-constitutional steps, including imposition of emergency in the country.

Fazl said Musharraf made the chief justice as non-functional as he considered him a major hurdle in prolonging his tenure.

He suggested that the opposition leaders should convince Bhutto to sit join opposition alliance.

Imran Khan said he would soon go to London to start legal proceedings against Altaf Hussain, who he said, was a "terrorist" and was responsible for all what happened in Karachi on May 12.

The meeting also demanded a judicial inquiry into the Karachi violence to expose faces behind the unrest in the Sindh capital.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • President Joe Biden poses for a photo with Vice President Kamala Harris, left, Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden's ambassador to the US, second from left, and Mikko Hautala, Finland's ambassador to the US, right, after signing the Instruments of Ratification for the Accession Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty for the Republic of Finland and Kingdom of Sweden in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Joe Biden formalises US support for Finland, Sweden joining Nato

    The countries sought out Nato membership earlier this year to guarantee their security in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's offensive in Ukraine. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's rules require the consent of all of its 30 existing members before Finland and Sweden can officially accede into the alliance, which is expected in the coming months.

  • Albuquerque Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Cecily Barker holds a flyer with photos of a car wanted in connection with Muslim men murdered as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham looks on in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

    Suspect in killing of four Muslim men arrested in New Mexico

    Muhammad Syed, 51, an Albuquerque resident, was formally charged with two of the homicides: those of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, killed on July 26 and August 1, respectively, but he is considered a suspect in all four murders, city Police Chief Harold Medina said at a news conference.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP)

    Kyiv urges travel ban on Russians as Moscow steps up assault in eastern Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants a one-year travel ban and the apparent expulsion of Russians living in the West so that they could live "in their own world until they change their philosophy." He complained that sanctions imposed so far on Russia to punish it for invading his country on February 24 were too weak.

  • Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase near Novofedorivka, Crimea, Tuesday August 9, 2022. (UGC via AP)

    Ukraine is not taking responsibility for Crimea explosions: Prez Zelensky aide

    Mykhailo Podolyak, asked by the Dozhd online television channel whether Kyiv was taking responsibility, replied: "Of course not. What do we have to do with this?"

  • None of the Langya virus cases have so far resulted in fatality and most are mild, with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms. (Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

    New ‘Langya’ virus hits China as 35 people found infected: How deadly is it?

    Currently, no vaccine or treatment for Langya virus is available, and the only solution is supportive care to manage complications pertaining to the zoonotic disease. A study published earlier revealed that the Langya virus was first spotted in human beings in 2019, with majority of the recent cases this year.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now