ISLAMABAD: Remarking on the conduct of parliament members, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja stated that the servants of the public forget their true place and begin considering themselves the owners of the country, Express News reported on Friday.
“Parliament members are merely servants of the people and nothing more, they even get paid by the public,” said Khawaja.
He is a member of the five-member bench that is hearing petitions against the contempt law in the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heading the bench, resumed the hearing for petitions lodged against the Contempt of Court Act 2012 passed earlier.
He said that everyone was collectively striving to maintain a democratic system in the country. “The constitution has kept us united,” said Justice Chaudhry.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan, after it received the records for the parliamentary debate that led to the formation of the contempt law, stated that the records would help shed light on the reasons behind the law’s conception.
The court had earlier ordered the federation to submit records of the parliamentary debate.
Chief Justice Chaudhry, on Thursday, rubbished murmurs of a constitutional crisis if the new contempt law was struck down by the apex court.
The Supreme Court has already shot down the government’s plea for forming a full bench on the matter, as well as a request for adjourning the hearing for a longer period of time to allow its counsels to prepare their arguments.
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