Farhatullah Babar spoke his heart out in his last speech in the senate. But he paid heavy price for criticising his leadership. Asif Zardari removed him from the position of spokesperson. This shows how undemocratic our political parties and their leaders are. Farhatullah Babar stood firmly with the party in odd and troubled times. Our democratic leaders want to have a supremacy and dominant position among the ruling class but they are not ready to tolerate the dissent within the parties. Senator Babar just speaks out his mind. He just expressed the opinion regarding the judicial activism and across the board accountability.
The message is clear from the PPP leadership that nobody has the right to express the opinion that one holds. It is really strange that leaders like Asif Zardari, Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif can say anything they like in the public without consulting the party but no other leader of the these parties has a right to publically express the views. It is really pathetic that the so-called champions of democracy and supremacy of the constitution so blatantly violates the basic democratic values and principles.
The senator says nothing against the ideas, principles and the program of the party. Whatever Senator Babar said at the floor of the upper house is written in the Charter of Democracy which Benazir Bhutto shaheed signed with Nawaz Sharif. Both the parties promised to establish an independent accountability commission for across the board accountability of all the state organs including judiciary and army.
Senator Farhatullah Babar just pointed out what is really taking place. The matter of the fact is that Babar just pointed out the u-turn his party took on the issue of across the board accountability. His party is also taking u-turn on the supremacy of parliament and constitution. When PPP was in power from 2008 to 2013 and former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s judicial activism was a constant headache for the government then they were use to remind all those supporting justice Chaudhry that parliament and constitution is supreme. PPP as a party has suffered the most for defending the democracy, constitutional order and parliament. The party faced all sort of persecution, repression and brutality in the line of democracy. How strange that such a party going at all lengths to make powers that be happy. Asif Zardari still looks in the self destruction mode in which he entered during his presidency.
Babar was removed after his farewell speech on Tuesday, in which he said that his party has backed off from upholding the supremacy of parliament. The outgoing senator in his speech lamented that the supremacy of the parliament is ending, saying a state within the state is coming into existence and that there exists a conflict between the two. He said that the accountability committee tried to hold everyone accountable, however, his own party backed away.
Just go through some sentences of the senator to find out his real crime. Can somebody from PPP come out and contradict the speech made by him. If we believe that we have seen the lowest levels our parties and politics then prepare ourselves for more shocks and surprises. Just read these points from his speech and wonder what crime he commit. Politicising the judiciary and vice versa has endangered the parliament. “It is concerning when the Chief Justice of Pakistan promises that he has no political agenda,” said Babar. Babar further said that it is concerning when judges lean on ‘contempt of court’ for their integrity. “There is a wise man in my village ‘Baba Rehmatay’, who says the constitution is superior to the parliament,” said Babar. “Baba Rehmatay says the Constitution is not what is written, it is what he says,” remarked Babar. The senator said that when it comes to the scope of influence of institutions the parliament is failing.
Don’t worry honourable senator because you stand on the right side of barricade. You will be remembered as a true democrat who stood firmly for supremacy of parliament and constitution. You will be remembered as true son of the soil who never compromised his ideals. In November 2017, Senator Farhatullah Babar resigned from the parliamentary committee on accountability laws. On October 20, Babar had resigned from Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence, while refusing to share with media his reason for resignation.
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