Former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in an interesting and oblique tweet said that the Pakistan Tereek-e-Insaaf has also played a role to get the political situation to its current stage. He criticized his party over the role and decisions it had taken in the past few months which brought major political consequences. However, he questioned whether Pakistan should be left for the two families of Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif to rule so that the next 40 years are also wasted? He mentioned – would ‘you’ like to leave behind this legacy. He warned the entity or person he refers to as ‘you’ that the public’s anger cannot be underestimated. There is an unexpected disappointment in the public, he wrote in his tweet.
Who he has addressed his tweet to is not certain but speculations abound who the ‘You’ he is addressing – especially in terms of the legacy he refers to. However, the numerous comments under his tweet highlight who the people thought he may be referring to.
تحریک انصاف کی بھی غلطیاں ہیں کہ صورتحال کو اس نہج پر پہنچی لیکن کیا پاکستان کو اگلے چالیس سال زرداری اور شریف چلائیں گے اور کیا ان سالوں کی طرح اگلی چار دھایاں بھی ضائع کر دی جائیں؟ کیا آپ یہ وراثت چھوڑ کر جانا چاہیں گے؟ لوگوں کے غصے کو کم نہ سمجھیں لوگ توقع سے زیادہ ناراض ہیں
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 29, 2022
In a press conference on Saturday, PTI has announced that it will be taking its case to the Supreme Court – to decide- do parties and individuals have the constitutional right to protest (which would be covered under Article 16 – right to assembly of the constitution).
Article 16 of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan (as amended) grants every citizen the right “to assemble peacefully and without arms, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of public order.”
It is unlikely for the higher court to say it doesn’t. Courts however need to ensure that government will implement this right in a manner that is in light with the spirit of the constitution.
Maryam Nawaz in her Jalsa in Bahawalpur raised a complaint over Imran Khan going to the Supreme Court for justice and later tweeted against this also.
Fawad Chaudhry has remained an outspoken leader in PTI and he criticized the party polices even when PTI was in the government as well. He raised his voice at different occasions over several decisions and policies when he was a minister during the PTI rule. Right after the PTI ouster from the government through the vote of no confidence, he said in a TV talk show that if PTI’s relationship with the establishment had not soured, they would still be in power.
Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that if PTI's relationship with the establishment had not soured, they would still be in power. The revelation was made during a conversation with Express News.#etribune #news #FawadChaudhry #PTI pic.twitter.com/tnsaGZEumc
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) April 20, 2022