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Qadri tells court he supports democracy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri on Saturday told the Supreme Court that he always supported democracy, the supremacy of the constitution and rule of law in the country. In his written statement, the PAT chief promised to act in accordance with the constitution and also presented a nine-point charter of demands in the court. His counsel Barrister Ali Zafar submitted the written reply. The PAT in its first demand requested the court to hold a transparent privatisation of the national assets, alleging that public assets were being doled out to the ruling class and its allies. In its second demand, he requested the court that institutional appointment should be made through meritocracy and the process should be independently pursued. The government was not even bothering to follow the proper rules and regulations, he said. The PAT letter accused the government for failing to protect the basic human rights of the citizens Similarly, the PAT demanded for the holding of local bodies’ elections, stating that failure of the government on this count was in fact contempt of the court orders, and non-compliance. The letter also objected to funds being received by lawmakers for development projects, stating that they are not related with this kind of work and their job was to legislate. The PAT letter stated that there should be equality and access to justice for all segments of the society, but complained that an FIR into the Model Town tragedy has not been registered in any police station, terming it complete violation of rule of law. The letter said there was no proper system in the country for access to information. The PAT also demanded transparent accountability in the country.  Earlier, the court summoned Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri to submit their responses in the court as their protests and sit-ins were in violation of the fundamental rights. 

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