Pakistan

President Alvi asks CJP to form judicial commission to probe 'regime change plot'


President Arif Alvi on Thursday penned a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, asking him to form a judicial commission to probe the the alleged regime-change conspiracy orchestrated to oust former prime minister Imran Khan.

The development comes nearly two weeks after the deposed premier wrote to the president and the chief justice, requesting the formation of the judicial commission as well as a public inquiry into the matter.

"President Dr. Arif Alvi writes to CJP to form Judicial Commission to probe regime change conspiracy, keep the political powder keg from igniting"

The President, in a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), has requested to form a Judicial Commission, chaired preferably pic.twitter.com/oFbpkfslVz
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) May 12, 2022

The president stated in his letter that the proposed commission, preferably, be headed by the top judge himself and conduct open hearings.

The commission, he added, may thoroughly probe allegations of regime change conspiracy to avert political and economic crisis in the country and keep the political powder keg from igniting.

Underlining the importance of constituting the commission, President Alvi said that a serious political crisis was looming in the country and major polarisation was taking place in politics, in the wake of recent events, as well as among the people of Pakistan.

He emphasised that it was the collective duty of all institutions to make utmost efforts to avert damaging consequences to the country and prevent further deterioration.

The president regretted the fact that random comments were being quoted out of context, misunderstandings were increasing, opportunities were being lost, and confusion prevailed, and with the economy also in crisis, the situation on the ground was approaching a political powder keg that may ignite at any time.

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He pointed out that the Supreme Court, in the past, had taken initiatives to constitute judicial commissions in matters of national security, integrity, sovereignty and public interest.

President Alvi further stated that there seemed to be a political consensus in the country as, according to press reports, the prime minister had also expressed a desire for establishing a Commission.

He expressed that the nation held the Supreme Court in high regard and expected it to meet its expectations, adding that the commission should investigate the matter based not on technicalities of law but in the real spirit of justice.

"Undoubtedly, it would be a great service to our country, as the people of Pakistan deserved clarity on such a matter of national importance.

President Alvi went on to add that in world history, there existed myriad examples of regime change operations through conspiracies which were later confirmed by the declassification of top-secret documents.

He lamented that it happened much later after the destinies of these countries had been significantly damaged by these illegal interventions.

“Who knows better than your Honour that to prove, that a “smoking gun” has been identified in the hand of a conspirator, or to find a possible money trail, or to identify meetings where people have been motivated towards cover action, or where people have been bought and sold, could be a vigorous exercise”, he said.

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“I am of the strong opinion that even recorded circumstantial evidence can lead the way towards some conclusions, based not on technicalities of law but in the real spirit of ‘justice’”, the president maintained.

The president regretted that in Pakistani history, people had alleged and strongly believed in many obvious but unfortunately unproven conspiracies such as the murder of the first prime minister of Pakistan Shaheed Liaquat Ali Khan, the Agartala Conspiracy case, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s public waving of a letter and allegation of a conspiracy against him, President Zia-ul-Haq’s plane crash, Abbottabad incident, and many other matters that remained inconclusive.

Concluding, the president requested that the judicial commission should conduct an in-depth and thorough investigation into a possible conspiracy for regime change in Pakistan.

Imran Khan, the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan, who became the first chief executive to be removed from office after losing majority in the National Assembly.

Imran’s PTI party, which governed the country for over three-and-a-half years, had been struggling to stay in power as its allies betrayed to joined hands with the opposition parties that had joined forces against the government.

While Pakistan’s history has been marred with political instability, no prime minister has ever been removed from office through a no-trust motion.


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