Pinning hopes on the Chief Justice of Pakistan, the PTI-led Punjab Assembly once again passed a resolution demanding a judicial inquiry into the assassination attempt on its chairman, Imran Khan.
This is for the second time that Punjab Assembly has passed a resolution in less than two weeks urging the top judge to intervene and form a judicial commission to investigate the gun attack on the former Prime Minister. The hurriedly called session of the Punjab Assembly met on Monday, a day when a parliamentary party of PTI approached the Supreme Court registries across the country with a petition demanding registration of the FIR of the assassination attempt on Imran Khan.
The resolution was moved, out of turn, following the suspension of the rules and was passed with a majority, rejecting the suggestions of the opposition. It also demanded a probe into the custodial torture on PTI’s Senator Azam Swati. The House also shows concern over the federal government for not taking action over its resolutions passed on 19th October and 4th November. “This House once again demands from the federal government to hold judicial inquiry of the assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Wazirabad and unlawful arrest of Azam Swati on the behest of the imported government,” the resolution said, that was passed in the session chaired by Speaker Sibtain Khan.
The House demanded a judicial commission under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to probe the matters. It is worth mentioning here that the House also passed another resolution demanding judicial inquiry over the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya. A similar resolution was also passed by the House on 26th October. “A similar resolution was passed by the House but no action was taken by the federal government. This House demands judicial commission headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take stern action against the culprits,” the resolution said.
Former two-time Speaker and senior PML-N lawmaker Rana Iqbal said that it is not true that the federal government didn’t take any action over these issues. “Prime Minister has already asked the Chief Justice to form a judicial commission and Imran Khan also endorsed the suggestion,” Rana Iqbal said but no one from the treasury bothered to pay any heed to his point and proceeded with the resolution. Later, Speaker adjourned the House till 28th November.
Talking to media outside the Punjab Assembly, Feyyaz ul Hassan Chohan, Spokesperson to CM Punjab, said that we are looking towards the apex court after getting failed to seek justice from all other institutions. “The largest House of the country had passed a resolution to condemn the attack on Imran Khan but no action was taken against the culprits,” Chohan said. We are being denied our right to launch the FIR for the last week but failed to get justice and therefore we approached the highest court of law, he added. Earlier, the parliamentary party of PTI met here in Punjab Assembly and went to the Supreme Court registry led by Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi where they moved the petition seeking FIR against three bigwigs nominated by Imran Khan.