Friday, July 20, 2012

Viewpoint from Overseas: A conversation with Abrar Hasan

In Pakistan Cheif Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan is asking the new Prime Minister of Pakistan to take action against the President of Pakistan in the corruption cases file against President Asif Zardari. The previous Prime Minister was asked to do the same and when he did not comply with the court's request, he was held in contempt of court and punished in a technical way so that President could not pardon him. This leave the President in the situation where he had to remove the previous Prime Minister Gilani from the post and appoint a new Prime Minister from President's political party. Would the new Prime Miniter comply? Faraz Syed ask Abrar Hasan this question.

Abrar Hasan is a prominent lawyer and a constitutional expert based in Karachi, Pakistan.Abrar Hasan has written several books on constitutional matters, and intent and interpretation of law. A few of his books are part of law curriculum in Pakistan. He was elected Vice Chairman of Sindh Bar Council (1984) and President of Sindh High Court Bar Association (2006–2007). In the wake of the state of Emergency imposed by Pervez Musharraf, Abrar Hasan was arrested on 4 November along with 1,500 opposition leaders including lawyers and journalists. He actively took part in the movement for the restoration of Cheif Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

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