Tahir-ul-Qadri’s petition trashed by SC


Supreme Court of Pakistan has trashed the constitutional petition seeking reconstitution of Election Commission of Pakistan. Petition was filed by head of Tehrik-i-Minhaj ul Quran and Pakistan Awami Tehrik Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri. Apex Court observed that Dr Tahirul Qadri could not make a valid argument regarding his stance and sincerity.

Dr. Tahir ul Qadri, a renowned religious scholar reached Pakistan from Canada in December 2012 to uproot the corrupt political system of Pakistan. He held a successful gathering at Minar-i-Pakistan Lahore and sit in in Islamabad. Large number of people turned up at both events in great numbers to show the need for change in otherwise stagnant political system of the country. One main agenda point of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri was reconstitution of Election Commission of Pakistan.

He moved Supreme Court seeking reconstitution of ECP as due legal procedure was not adopted in appointment of ECP members. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the petition.  During three days of hearing, dual nationality of petitioner remained center of argument. After three days of hearing Supreme Court rejected the petition on grounds that a dual nationality person can’t become a Parliamentarian so no fundamental rights were violated.

Some nasty arguments were also exchanged between the bench and petitioner. Tahir ul Qadri has termed the Supreme Court decision as political rather than constitutional. Talking to journalists he said that his dual nationality remained center of focus rather than main constitutional petition.

“With due respect to the judiciary, I want to tell the people the truth. They did not even let me read out a single word from my petition. When I started reading it out yesterday, they did not listen to me and asked me about my dual nationality,” he said.

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