Committee on judges fails to hammer out compromise–>Aitzaz says body focusing on adjustment of PCO judges | Not hopeful about meeting May 12 deadline(The Post)


ISLAMABAD: There is no chance of consensus on standing committee’s resolution regarding reinstatement of deposed judges as differences of opinion still exist about the adjustment of PCO judges which has brought the matter to a halt.

Consequently, senior member of the committee and legal expert Fakhruddin G Ibrahim refused to attend the committee meeting two days ago and termed the adjustment of PCO judges equivalent to rewarding them. Likewise, Aitzaz Ahsan has also indicated not to attend the next session of the committee. The next session of the constitutional committee will resume talks today (Wednesday) at Punjab House.

According to a private TV channel, Aitzaz Ahsan informed the members of the committee in written during the session held on Monday night at Punjab House that the issue of deposed judiciary was being delayed and no final recommendations were being compiled.

He warned the resolution would not be passed on May 12 if the things kept moving the same way. He said the committee was busy finalising the fate of PCO judges while no attention was being given to the formulation of resolution for deposed judiciary. The resolution could be finalised in a single day, he added. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, talking to a private TV channel, said he was hopeful for the restoration of judiciary but cannot assure that the issue would be solved till May 12. There were still many aspects to be considered regarding the issue of deposed judiciary, he added. The sources claimed that both the major coalition partners want to settle the matters with the consent of their leaderships. The committee maintains difference of opinion on almost every matter related to the issue, added sources. Meanwhile Federal Law Minister Farooq Naik said the constitutional committee will complete its work till May 12.

The matters will be forwarded to the coalition leaders in case disagreements persist, he added. He said he did not receive the letter from Fakhruddin G Ibrahim yet. He said the final version of the resolution will be presented to coalition heads, who would then take Asfandyar Wali and Maulana Fazlur Rehman into confidence.

The ruling coalition will remain intact, he added. He said the decision of bye-election delay was taken by EC itself. To a question he said the provision of election ticket to Aitzaz Ahsan was finalised by party’s central committee.