Form judicial commission, President writes to CJP ‘REGIME CHANGE CONSPIRACY’

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From Senior Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has written a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to form a judicial commission to conduct open hearings and probe allegations of a regime change conspiracy, a statement issued by President’s secretariat said.  President has asked CJP to form a commission chaired preferably by CJP himself to avert a political and economic crisis in country and keep political powder keg from igniting, statement said.

He requested that Judicial Commission should conduct an in-depth and thorough investigation into what may or may not have been planning and preparation, starting before or following overt threat in form of a possible regime change conspiracy.

Underlining importance of constituting commission, President Alvi said that a serious political crisis was looming in country and major polarisation was taking place in politics, in wake of recent events, as well as among people of Pakistan. In his letter, President also emphasised that it was collective duty of all institutions to make utmost efforts to avert damaging consequences to country and prevent further deterioration.

He also regretted fact that random comments were being quoted out of context, misunderstandings were increasing, opportunities were being lost, confusion was prevailing, economy was plunging into crisis and situation on ground was approaching a political powder keg that could have been ignited at any time, statement added President Alvi pointed out that Supreme Court had taken initiatives to constitute judicial commissions in matters of national security, integrity, sovereignty and public interest in past.  He further stated that there seemed to be a political consensus in country as, according to press reports, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had also expressed a desire for establishing a commission. President Alvi said that it, undoubtedly, would be a great service to our country, as people of Pakistan deserved clarity on such a matter of national importance. He also said that in world history there existed myriad examples of regime change operations through conspiracies which were later confirmed by declassification of top-secret documents.

He lamented that it happened much later after 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 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.