Don’t try to influence courts with political statements: CJP Bandial to politicians

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial warned the political leaders of the country against influencing the courts through political statements.Today news.

The remark came during the hearing on a presidential reference seeking interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution of Pakistan and Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) plea against political rallies in the federal capital.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court — headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel — resumed the hearing Monday.

At the outset of the hearing, Attorney-General of Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan started his arguments in the case, Today news.

However, he later informed the court that he might not be able to complete the arguments today.

In the last hearing on Friday, the AGP had assured the court that he will complete his arguments at this hearing.

“Parliament’s proceeding is not linked with the court’s hearings,” AGP Khan said.

“We cannot restrict political parties from making political statements but political leaders should refrain from dragging judges into politics,” CJP Bandial stated.

Therefore, politicians should avoid influencing courts through political statements.

Justice Alam criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan over his remarks about the judges in his recent address in Kamalia.

At this, Justice Mandokhel asked if PM Imran Khan does not trust the apex court.

“Shouldn’t the prime minister have not avoided issuing irresponsible statements?

On Saturday, PM Imran Khan, while addressing a public gathering in Kamalia had said that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was trying to woo judges against his government.
At this, Justice Mandokhel asked if PM Imran Khan does not trust the apex court.

“Shouldn’t the prime minister refrain from making irresponsible remarks?”

In his response, AGP Khan said that not only the prime minister but everyone should be careful about making irresponsible remarks.

Sindh House incident

During the hearing, the Sindh advocate-general raised the matter of the Sindh House incident.

He complained that sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) were not included in the FIR registered against the incident.

At this, CJP Bandial rebuked the Sindh AG, telling him to reach out to the relevant forum in this regard.

“Should the court start hearing the [matter of] the FIR?”

The Islamabad advocate-general informed the court that 11 people were arrested in the Sindh House case but they acquired release on bail.

The CJP directed the Islamabad advocate-general to arrest the elements responsible for Sindh House incident by tomorrow (Tuesday) and submit a report in court. He also warned of judicial action in case the orders are not followed.

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