* Govt’s attorney claims forces ‘within and outside country’ could derail democratic set up
* SC asks federation to file written statement on concern expressed by lawyer

An attorney for the federal government – Barrister Kamal Azfar – on Monday claimed before a 17-member larger bench of the Supreme Court that the US CIA and General Headquarters pose a threat to the government.

The bench – headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry – directed the federal government to file a written statement on the concern expressed by the lawyer.

When the hearing into petitions against the legality of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) resumed on Monday, the court summoned the government’s attorney for a briefing on his statement filed on Thursday – which said the democratic set up in the country was in danger because of the impending decision on challenges to the NRO.

Derail system: Asked who had instructed him to file the statement suggesting that the court should not derail the democratic system while deciding the NRO cases, Azfar said he had filed the statement on behalf of the Law Ministry. He then claimed that the CIA and General Headquarters also posed a threat to the democratic system. Azfar said there were “extra-constitutional forces within and outside the country” that could derail the democratic set up.

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