By Raza Ruman
Islamabad, Aug 7 (www.pakdestiny.com) President Zardari’s game plan to take on judiciary through his close aides appears to be shaky after the reaction of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s reaction to Faisal Raza Abidi’s press conference.
Though the PPP is trying to fool the judiciary and people by issuing a show cause notice to Abidi for targeting CJ and his ‘corrupt’ son Arsalan but no one in the political areana is ready to believe that the PPP has taken the step n ‘love’ of the CJ or judiciary.
Zardari should better come up a novel idea in this regard as Abidi is infact his mouth piece and nobody can believe that he cursed Iftikhar on his own. “This game plan does not have many buyers because it is poorly scripted,” says a PPP leader. Unlike the PML-N, the PPP is not a smooth operator in such game plans.
Abidi in his last Sunday’s press conference demanded resignation of Iftikhar and claimed that his son Arsalan’s corruption had been proved but his father was stumbling bloc in a fair investigation.
Abidi alleged that a transaction of Rs10 million had taken place through Silkbank (Account 011041739201) in the name of an information technology company owned by Arsalan Iftikhar and the bank statement showed the address: “F & A Enterprises, Chief Justice House, Islamabad”. He also
distributed a document showing Arsalan Iftikhar’s signature as the chief executive of the company.
Senator Abidi claimed that PPP stalwart Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan had not only informed the chief justice about his son’s links with property tycoon Malik Riaz, but had also brought to his notice that Arsalan’s bank accounts carried the address of CJ’s official residence.
He announced that he would soon visit London and Dubai to collect more evidence against Arsalan Iftikhar and to prove how he had started transferring money in the name of his maternal uncle.
He said he would hold another news conference before Eid to present more details about contracts awarded to the IT company allegedly owned by Arsalan Iftikhar. He said the person who used to do a job some five years back now owned billions of rupees.
The PPP senator, who said he was speaking in his personal capacity and as a member of parliament, made a scathing attack on the chief justice and judges and said he was willing to be summoned by the apex court over his remarks.
Criticising the Supreme Court for nullifying the recently-passed contempt of court law, the senator termed it part of a plan to pitch two state institutions against each other. Senator Abidi said that while contempt cases against a number of people, including PPP leaders Babar Awan, Sharjeel Memon and Taj Haider, were pending the court had hurriedly convicted a prime minister and sent him home. The senator disclosed that former Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) chief Shuja Pasha had said during an in-camera briefing to parliament that the army had arrested 922 Taliban and terrorists red-handed during military operations and all of them had been released by courts.
Accusing the judiciary of showing bias, Senator Abidi showed a copy of a verdict (PLD 2000) of a Supreme Court bench that included Chief Justice Chaudhry which had validated the 1999 military coup of Gen Musharraf on the basis of allegations that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in Rs6 billion money laundering. He asked why the court was not taking any step to bring this money back to the national exchequer and was only interested in Rs1.5bn allegedly lying in the Swiss accounts of President Asif Zardari.
He said there were 2.1 million cases pending in the courts when the present judges were restored and now the number had increased to over 2.3 million. He clarified that he was addressing the press conference in his personal capacity as a member of parliament. (www.pakdestiny.com)
Watch Faisal Abidi’s press conference on Judiciary and Arsalan Iftikhar