Chaudhry Nisar believes CJP should stay away from his son's case

Published: June 7, 2012
Says ‘trapping’ and ‘blackmailing’ CJP’s son is a grave crime.

Says ‘trapping’ and ‘blackmailing’ CJP’s son is a grave crime.

ISLAMABAD: The leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said on Wednesday that Chief Justice Chaudhary Iftikhar should keep away from the case of his son, Arsalan Iftikhar.

Speaking in a private television channel programme, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader said that it was the first case in the history of the country where a Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken suo moto notice against his own son for allegedly being involved in corruption.

Following media reports that Arsalan had received between Rs300 and Rs400 million from a real estate tycoon to influence judicial proceedings, the court, had subsequently summoned him and Bahria Town’s chief Malik Riaz late Tuesday night.

Nisar, however, did not comment further on the case saying the matter was sub-judice and it was inappropriate to make any statement.

Keep Government out of this

Meanwhile, the Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the federal government had nothing to do with the case and that the PML-N was wrongly slanting it against the government.

Kaira added that real estate tycoon Malik Riaz was a favourite of Shahbaz Sharif since the former had helped the latter in launching the Ashiana Housing Scheme.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • @plarkin
    Jun 7, 2012 - 7:42AM

    This country never ceases to amaze me. Has, my lord, the chief justice not heard the principle of recusal? i.e. a judge should not preside over a trial where there’s any personal involvement.


  • Mirza
    Jun 7, 2012 - 9:20AM

    The SC CJ has taken the suo motu action and taken up the case all by himself, as if there was nothing else to do. If the case goes through normal channels like NAB, civil courts, session court or a special commission, then the CJ would not be in a position to give a clean bill of health to his son. As soon as the CJ finally retires the case would still be active and he would have no say. Now going against all judicial norms and ethics of the civilized world he would quash the case for good. Who would try the son after the SC decision in his favor?
    All those praising the CJ acting as a tribal chief and so good to try his own son, have to understand that the judges should be neutral with no conflict of interest. The SC has to follow the legal system and not behave as a PCO judge who can abrogate the constitution again and again. The CJ and his supporters are giving him the powers of a dictator who is sent to do it all by himself and can bend all norms and ethics. Where is the supreme judicial council?


  • Jun 7, 2012 - 9:56AM

    tell your boss ‘prince shareef’ to tell him.


  • shahida kazi
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:07AM

    This is against all principles of law and ethics.But of course in pakistan we have our own ethics and some people can find good in even the most condemnable things.


  • A.S
    Jun 7, 2012 - 11:06AM

    There is a direct conflict of interest when you have a father presiding over a son’s case (Even if it is a CJ).

    The judge should recuse himself and let someone else handle this case but maybe that is too modern and advanced (and ethical) for Pakistan ?

    Is this simple notion not clear to the highest court in Pakistan ? We are supposed to have the most highly educated people sitting as judges but things have gotten really bad ever since the court became overly activist. Take it easy please! You did a good job in establishing the cause of democracy now just be cool and chill and don’t mess things up by over legislation.


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