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Justice delayed is justice denied, says Bilawal

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said that if it takes 30 seconds to pull off a coup, it should take 30 seconds to undo a coup.

In his latest tweet, the PPP chief said justice delayed is justice denied. He said that after last week’s constitutional breakdown in Islamabad, the Punjab deputy speaker was locked out of the assembly on Wednesday, which happened to be the day of voting to elect the provincial chief minister.

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Bilawal further said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s last abysmal steps could not save him, adding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is gone. He said Imran was brought into power through undemocratic ways and the people of Pakistan were witnessing how he had violated the constitution while running away. “All his actions will be written in history,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Chairman and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the ruling of National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri should be declared null and void on a priority basis, and the members of the National Assembly (MNAs) be given the right to vote on the no-confidence motion and to elect the new prime minister.

Talking to the media, he said Imran Khan had violated the country’s constitution and the next Friday would be marked as ‘Day of Protection for Constitution’. He said Pakistan’s existence would be in danger if the constitution was violated.

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The PDM chief said that a crisis had emerged due to the unconstitutional ruling of the deputy speaker and that the crisis had put Pakistan’s sovereignty at stake.

He said the workers of the PTI were inciting the country’s youth and democratic powers, which could spark anarchy in the country. “We cannot dictate [to] courts but the nation is in confusion over normal court proceedings.”

Fazl also urged the institutions to play their role in order to protect the constitution, adding that the suo motu notice of the matter by the Supreme Court was the right step.

On the other hand, the opposition parties are reportedly divided following the announcement of the general elections within 90 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly on the prime minister’s advice last Sunday.

According to a private news channel, the majority of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders are happy with the dissolution of the National Assembly and are in favour of immediate elections.

The PML-N leaders are reportedly saying that the solution to the current crisis is the general elections, and added that they are now waiting for the decision of the Supreme Court on the controversial ruling of the NA deputy speaker.

Meanwhile, the channel quoted its sources as saying that Shehbaz Sharif, like-minded and the PPP want elections after a few months, while other opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Baloch parties, did not want elections immediately.

Fazl has also become hesitant following the results of the second phase of the local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

On the other hand, Imran Khan will demand the Supreme Court of Pakistan form a judicial commission to probe the lettergate, which involves a threatening letter from a foreign country for a regime change in Pakistan, according to reports.



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