CJP urges Imran to play role in ending mistrust of judiciary

Published: April 24, 2017
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan during a party rally in Dadu. PHOTO: ONLINE

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan during a party rally in Dadu. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Days after the Supreme Court announced a historic verdict in the Panamagate case, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday urged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan — the petitioner in the case — to play his role in ending the atmosphere of mistrust of the country’s judiciary.

“Being a leader of the nation you carry a major responsibility. You are not an individual… Your one call may cause chaos or stability in the country,” Justice Nisar said during the hearing of a case regarding encroachment of land in Bani Gala. The CJP had taken suo motu notice after the PTI chief wrote a letter to the former, seeking his intervention in the matter.

Heading a three-judge bench of the apex court, Justice Nisar also observed that people approach courts as they place their trust in the justice system. “However, the atmosphere of mistrust must end,” he remarked.

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Addressing the PTI chairman, the CJP said: “Since you are a busy person therefore you don’t need to appear in court every day rather you should send a legal team which could guide the court.”

Later, speaking to the media outside SC, Imran expressed his gratitude to the CJP for taking up his case besides lauding the top court’s five-judge bench, which heard the Panamagate case, for writing down a “historic verdict”.

The PTI chief went on to say that his party played its role in restoration of independent judiciary in the country and it would still stand by the apex court over the Panamagate case verdict.

On Thursday, the SC declared that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family failed to justify how they accumulated their offshore assets. The larger bench of the apex court, however, could not reach a consensus on the disqualification of the premier and hence ordered the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) to settle the saga that started with the Mossack Fonseka leaks just over a year ago.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ahsan
    Apr 24, 2017 - 11:42AM

    CJ should also examine the heads of 3 judges of SC who are trying to give escape route to Sharifs through JIT.Recommend

  • Anees
    Apr 24, 2017 - 11:45AM

    This mistrust is not limited to IK rather everyone there is loosing confidence. This mistrust is not complicated or need to be a law expert , the only supporting document of letters from The Honorable Qatar Royal family were turned down & out of five respectable judges two said GUILTY and rest three asked for a detailed investigation means what ? SC has a very last chance to rebuild their image and disqualification should not end without recovery. Recommend

  • shah
    Apr 24, 2017 - 12:27PM

    Forming a JIT to investigate a sitting PM is not a big enough joke that CJP is giving such remarks and adding salt to our wounds of Mistrust.Recommend

  • Sarfraz Ahmad Naz Paracha
    Apr 24, 2017 - 12:37PM

    He IK exposed his full trust on the judiciary and he welcomed the verdict of SC announced in Panama case.now it is obligatory upon judiciary to to follow up the implementation of taken decision.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 24, 2017 - 1:45PM

    What have the courts done so far to end the mistrust in judiciary? Recommend

  • illpopo
    Apr 24, 2017 - 1:46PM

    Actions speak louder than words! Mistrust will only end, when judiciary delivers… Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Apr 24, 2017 - 2:12PM

    Imran does not have on/off button of SC respect. He can’t dictate the people. SC has to earn the respect. But as everyone knows SC sided with corruption in Panama Case. Pathetic decision of SC. Can’t you talk with 3 judges who are trying to give escape route to Sharifs????Recommend

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