Aug 05

Faisal Raza Abidi demands Chief Justice’s resignation

While hurling fiery allegations at Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on Sunday demanded a resignation from him and other judges who were reinstated under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).Faisal Raza Abdi

During a press conference in Islamabad, Abidi held Justice Chaudhry responsible for the alleged financial impropriety done by his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

The senator said that if the chief justice does not tender a resignation, then he will “force him out from the same way he had been restored as a judge.”

“He [Justice Chaudhry] says that he did not have any idea where his son got all that money from…I ask, when the case emerged, did you ask him where he got Rs900 million from?”

The senator produced bank account statements of Dr Arsalan and said that the person who used to “work under somebody else” now owns billions of rupees. He also showed that the billing address mentioned was that of the Chief Justice House in Islamabad.

“You [Justice Chaudhry] are to be blamed for this. This happened right in front of you. You cannot pretend to not know anything. Who gave Dr Arsalan the right to use government’s property for running his own businesses? Could he not rent out an office in some other area?

He said that he would now “personally” investigate about Dr Arsalan’s assets and will also fly to Dubai and London to inquire about his international bank accounts. “I will probe into the accounts he has activated under the name of mamu.”

Abidi said that the Parliament is supreme and is above other institutions.

“Parliament forms laws and constitutions. Who gave you the right to criticise and meddle in its affairs?”

“I accept your challenge in the war you have waged against the parliament. But mine is not a war of arms, but is a war of words, because Pakistan cannot afford agitation at this moment as it is already going through tough times.”

Jul 04

Faisal Raza Abidi resigns as PPP Karachi president

Senator Faisal Raza Abidi has resigned from the post of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) president Karachi division, but party sources claim that he has been removed due to complaints received from local leadership of the party.faisal raza abidi

Abdul Qadir Patel has been given Abidi’s post.

Abidi was made president of the Karachi division in November last year.

PPP Karachi division spokesperson, Kausar Amir said that Abidi had resigned because of health reasons and had also been admitted to the hospital. Sources within the party have said that the local leadership had made many complaints against him for being “inattentive” and had not been giving time to the party and its workers.

Abidi had earlier contested from NA-253 against Haider Abbas Rizvi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) during the 2008 elections.

He had been selected as the president of PPP’s Karachi division after the elections but was removed after a year after complaints were received. The PPP leader has been a part of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) since 2008 and member of Senate since 2009.