Sunday, 25 February 2018
Don’t. Stop. Gul Bukhari
The combination of the Supreme Court’s judgment on Nawaz Sharif’s ‘qualification’ to remain party president; its unprecedented ruling to hold all decisions of Sharif as party president including that of awarding senate tickets to his party members; and the Election Commission’s decision to not allow the PMLN to field its candidates for the upcoming senate election, cannot easily be gulped down as incidental consequences of unrelated legal or administrative decisions. First, many a president, prime minister, officer, and judge have been removed from office or their appointment declared illegal or unconstitutional in the past. But never have their actions and decisions during the holding of office been held void ab initio, even where they have taken decisions injurious to public interest. In comparison, Sharif’s decisions after disqualification from the office of the prime minister, were with regard to his own party matters not matters of government, state or public import, but were voided.
The writer is a human rights worker and freelance columnist.