Pakistan premier asks Chief Justice to take his son’s graft case

Pakistan premier asks Chief Justice to take his son’s graft case

Islamabad : Pakistan | Jun 10, 2012 at 8:37 AM PDT
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ISLAMABAD, June 10: Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, who is constantly riding waves of graft allegations against his sons, has asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to hear his son Musa Gilani’s case related to illegal import of Rs700 million ecstasy drugs Ephedrine quota scam.

Chief Justice Chaudhry’s own son Arsalan has been currently in the eye of storm after surfacing of about Rs400 million mega scam about the alleged favours, he had accepted from real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, for getting favourable verdicts from his father’s court.

The Prime Minister in his media interaction in Lahore, metropolitan of Punjab province on Sunday, was quoted as saying that his elder son Abdul Qadir Gilani was dragged in Hajj scandal for merely making a phone call.

Gilani said “If the Chief Justice cannot hear the case against his own son due to legal bar, he should instead take up my son Ali Musa Gilani’s case.” 'The CJ should hear his case, I have complete confidence in him,” he further added.

It is indeed intriguing that in the recent past sons of most influential personalities have been linked directly or indirectly with major financial scandals in the country.

Moonis Elahi, son of Pervaiz Elahi, former chief minister of Punjab province, close aide of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, has been facing corruption charges for robbing the National Insurance Company Limited of millions of rupees and his case is pending before the Supreme Court, followed by Prime Minister Gilani’s sons in Hajj scam and then in import of Ephedrine quota case.

The latest controversy targeted the Supreme Court top adjudicator’s own house when his son Arsalan Ifikhar, as media brought to limelight, had taken favours and monetary benefits from business tycoon Malik Riaz during last three years.

The repeated scandals are hitting the headlines in these days as the whole society in Pakistan is seen debating the issue with their conceptions. A number of selected faces from journalists who constantly occupy Tv talk shows are also blamed for creating hype and there is a call to check their credibility for projecting the issues. The pro-media judiciary is also urged by a section of society to take some stringent measures over unauthentic reporting, and desists from taking self driven notices over these issues.

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Erfan khan is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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