Political leadership has united to save democracy: NAB chief

Islamabad, Jan 17 (IANS) Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Fasih Bukhari said Thursday it was a matter of great satisfaction that the political leadership had united to save democracy, Geo News reported.

Talking to media outside the Supreme Court building before the hearing of a corruption case related to the power deals in which Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and over a dozen officials are accused, Bukhari appreciated the political leadership's decision that nobody would be allowed to function against democracy.

The federal anti-corruption unit's head said that he was happy over the fact that the entire political leadership had unified to save democracy.

On Wednesday, Islamabad had rejected Pakistan-born Canadian cleric Tahirul Qadri's demands - including that parliament be dissolved - as "unconstitutional".

While expressing the government's resolve to hold elections on time, Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira rejected the charter of demands presented by the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri, terming it unconstitutional, Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

"The government cannot accept the demands as these are not in line with the constitution of Pakistan," Kaira said Wednesday during a press conference.

Qadri, Kaira said, has only one demand - dissolution of parliament and collapse of the government.

The government and all the political parties would consider the TMQ demands if they adhere to the true sprit of the continuation, he added.

Kaira said Qadri wants the government, assemblies, parliament and the election commission dissolved and then get a caretaker government; but how could a caretaker set-up be formed if all these things were dissolved, he asked?

Qadri along with tens of thousands of his followers is staging a sit-in near parliament house since Tuesday.


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