Press release, March 2
Lahore: The manner in which the federal government has decided to launch mobile courts will lead to disruption of judicial order and widespread resentment, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said.
A press statement issued by HRCP on Monday said: “Both the timing and manner of promulgating an ordinance to establish mobile courts raise grave concerns. There is no valid reason why the government chose to introduce the measure through a presidential ordinance a day ahead of the current National Assembly session. Such brazen-faced tricks to bypass the parliament always invite doubts on government’s bona fides. It is impossible to ignore the timing of the measure, amid protests by the PML-N against the court verdict disqualifying its leaders and ahead of the lawyers’ long march. If it is meant to pre-empt protests and demonstrations it will only fuel more. Such shortsighted measures would achieve little other than further undermining public faith in the judicial order and increasing credibility gap between the public and the government and it is all the more important to avoid them amid the prevailing confidence deficit and political turmoil.”
Asma Jahangir , Chairperson