Contempt of Court hearings, 18th Amendment Impact on People and Current Talks with PML (N)

Considering unprecedented pressures on the vote bank, how likely is it that the Muslim League will score any gains without its principal members, and workers, uniting?

Regarding the prime minister’s defence in the ‘contempt case’, lets see whether he can extract himself from the situation without writing to Swiss banks. That is the fundamental issue at present. I believe the prime minister will have to write some kind of a letter.
 
The supreme court maintains that former attorney general Malik Qayyum’s letter to Swiss authorities that the government of Pakistan is no longer party to the issue, must be rescinded. Further, subsequent matters should be subject to Swiss law, especially how their rules apply to our sitting president.  And even though the matter is sub judice and does not merit comment, I believe the prime minister’s plea – that the president’s immunity ruled out the letter – fails to settle the matter of the immunity extending to Swiss jurisdiction. I believe they will have to make some sort of a move, considering the pretty direct order from the supreme court.
 
It bears noting that interpretation of all articles of the constitution lies in the domain of the supreme court. And whether or not Article-248 grants the president immunity in international courts, the final determination must still come from the supreme court. Also, howsoever the supreme court finds in the matter, Swiss courts reserve the right to their own determinations.
 
Also, I agree with the finding that the 18th amendment holds little of value for the people.  To improve the lot of the people, the government must move beyond policies and amendments and begin delivering.  Our tragedy is that once every decade the army seizes power and generals introduce amendments, not realizing that such moves will never bring them legitimacy. Politicians too begin fiddling with constitutional amendments, but their motive primarily revolves around improving their legitimacy.
 
We have been talking to PML-N since August ’11. A committee was formed and extensive negotiations have been arranged so far. PML Likeminded President Salim Saifullah has also held meetings with Mr Nawaz Sharif. The purpose of these exchanges is to come to a final agreement regarding the way forward. Our main purpose is to gather dispersed Muslim League factions on a single platform. Otherwise the vote bank will be compromised, benefiting our adversaries.
 
If all parties in parliament agree to seats between themselves, there will be no effective contest. The opposition tables numerous bills, but take a look at this country’s history and tell me how any opposition bills have succeeded to this day.  Not even one, I believe.  There is no scarcity of bills, even private members pass them. But it’s an open secret that only treasury pushed bills succeed.
Considering unprecedented pressures on the vote bank, how likely is it that the Muslim League will score any gains without its principal members, and workers, uniting?

Regarding the prime minister’s defence in the ‘contempt case’, lets see whether he can extract himself from the situation without writing to Swiss banks. That is the fundamental issue at present. I believe the prime minister will have to write some kind of a letter.
 
The supreme court maintains that former attorney general Malik Qayyum’s letter to Swiss authorities that the government of Pakistan is no longer party to the issue, must be rescinded. Further, subsequent matters should be subject to Swiss law, especially how their rules apply to our sitting president.  And even though the matter is sub judice and does not merit comment, I believe the prime minister’s plea – that the president’s immunity ruled out the letter – fails to settle the matter of the immunity extending to Swiss jurisdiction. I believe they will have to make some sort of a move, considering the pretty direct order from the supreme court.
 
It bears noting that interpretation of all articles of the constitution lies in the domain of the supreme court. And whether or not Article-248 grants the president immunity in international courts, the final determination must still come from the supreme court. Also, howsoever the supreme court finds in the matter, Swiss courts reserve the right to their own determinations.
 
Also, I agree with the finding that the 18th amendment holds little of value for the people.  To improve the lot of the people, the government must move beyond policies and amendments and begin delivering.  Our tragedy is that once every decade the army seizes power and generals introduce amendments, not realizing that such moves will never bring them legitimacy. Politicians too begin fiddling with constitutional amendments, but their motive primarily revolves around improving their legitimacy.
 
We have been talking to PML-N since August ’11. A committee was formed and extensive negotiations have been arranged so far. PML Likeminded President Salim Saifullah has also held meetings with Mr Nawaz Sharif. The purpose of these exchanges is to come to a final agreement regarding the way forward. Our main purpose is to gather dispersed Muslim League factions on a single platform. Otherwise the vote bank will be compromised, benefiting our adversaries.
 
If all parties in parliament agree to seats between themselves, there will be no effective contest. The opposition tables numerous bills, but take a look at this country’s history and tell me how any opposition bills have succeeded to this day.  Not even one, I believe.  There is no scarcity of bills, even private members pass them. But it’s an open secret that only treasury pushed bills succeed.

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