Is the Supreme Court of Pakistan expressing its displeasure of the government of Pakistan by ordering the Prime Minister Raja Parveiz Ashraf to step down based on corruption charges or is it a disregard for the democratic process?
“It (the SC order) is certainly highly suspicious,” said Asma Jahangir, human rights activist and lawyer from Pakistan. Speaking to Karan Thapar on a late night discussion on CNN-IBN, she said, “The timing is certainly a little odd. Specially when people are predicting that the judiciary and the army are working together to overthrow the system, not the government.”
Though, she said, “The Court has held up the powers of the NAB. They have done away with most of the legal procedures. They can order the arrest.”
However, N Subramanian, associate editor of The Hindu feels that though there is an internal crisis, the future, for the PM, is not that bleak. She said,”There is a certain room for the government because the PM has not been named and the PPP may not be able to ride out the storm with respect to the Supreme Court ruling.”
There is no doubt however that President Zardari will have to step in to solve this crisis that is facing the country. But what are the options he has in his kitty?
Pakistani defence analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi lists three.
He said, “He (Zardari) can continue with the PM and let him face the court. A new minister can be elected in the parliament. He can speak to the opposition parties, have a interim government and announce elections in 2 weeks.”