ISLAMABAD:(APS)Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid has regretted criticism of the Supreme Court by PTI Chief over its verdict staying by-elections in NA-154 Lodhran.
He was addressing a news conference along with PML-N leaders Danyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhry in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The Information Minister said remarks of the PTI leader about the judgement amount to contempt of court.
He said PML-N’s Siddique Baloch, who was deseated by the election tribunal, went to the Supreme Court against decision of the tribunal, which had declared him ineligible to contest elections because of alleged fake degree.
He said Siddique Baloch prayed that his degree has been verified by the HEC and is genuine. He, therefore, sought permission to participate in the elections.
Pervaiz Rashid today said the Supreme Court asked the lawyer of Jehangir Tareen to advance arguments so that proceedings of the case could begin instantly but he requested the court to give a new date for hearing of the case. He said on this the court was left with no option but to grant stay.
He said Imran Khan is all praise for the judiciary when judgments are delivered in his favour and criticises them when delivered against him.
He also regretted that Imran Khan is talking about not to accept the outcome of by-elections in NA-122 even before elections take place.
The Information Minister said Imran Khan is sponsoring articles in media favoring presidential form of governance in the country.
To a question, he said the package announced yesterday for affectees of Mina tragedy would also be applicable to the heirs of those who were martyred in crane tragedy at Haram Sharif.
Asked to comment on remarks of Afghan President that Afghanistan has no brotherly relations with Pakistan, the Information Minister said Pakistan considers Afghan people as brothers. That is why, Pakistan has hosted 3.5 million Afghan refugees for decades on its soil.
He said Pakistan has launched operation Zarb-e-Azb to eliminate terrorism and expects other countries of the region as well to initiate similar operations to weed out terrorism.