Even SC can’t take away president’s immunity: Aitzaz

This report from the Daily Times is worth noting – the ‘laptop warriors’ might be disturbed with such clear pronouncements…

LAHORE: The constitution is very clear about a president’s immunity against criminal litigation and even the Supreme Court cannot take it away, former Supreme Court Bar Association president Aitzaz Ahsan said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court, where he had appeared in connection with a case, Aitzaz said he had not changed his position on presidential immunity. “A president does not enjoy any immunity in civil cases, but he does in criminal cases,” he said. He said the constitution had given unconditional protection to the president against criminal litigation under Article 248(2), and there was no ambiguity in constitutional provisions on the subject. He said this protection to the president of Pakistan was not new, as the head of the states in any country enjoys the same immunity. To a question, he said the president could only be removed through impeachment, and this option was open to all political parties in the parliament. staff report

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