Hearing of the petitions challenging various clauses of the 18th Amendment is underway in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
During the proceedings, one of the petitioners, Shahid Orakzai gave arguments against the establishment of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Orakzai said Islamabad will have to be made a province before the establishment of IHC. He also criticised the criterion described in the 18th amendment for the appointment of judges, saying that the judicial commission has actually paralysed the Supreme Judicial Council.
During his arguments Orakzai said he would prefer the Holy Quran over Pakistan’s constitution if he was asked to make a choice between them. Orakzai then proceeded to toss a copy of the constitution to the ground. At this Justice Saqib Nisar said he had insulted the whole court by throwing the constitution on the floor.
Later the Chief Justice asked Orakzai to apologise or the court would issue him a contempt of court notice. Orakzai complied with the request and said he did not do this deliberately. After Orakzai, Aslam Khaki advocate started his arguments.