ISLAMABAD: The country’s top court has decided to intervene in the ongoing political unrest by issuing notices to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri over a 'violation of fundamental rights of citizens' due to their ongoing protests in Islamabad.
A five-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, issued notices to all respondents, and scheduled a hearing for Thursday.
The bench is currently reviewing the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) plea to stop all state functionaries from taking any unconstitutional step that might further imperil the political situation.
The court took notice of the mass inconvenience the protests have caused as well. During the hearing, the chief justice mentioned the commuting problems people are facing. Cases were adjourned because the court’s staff could not arrive on time, or could not arrive at all. Even the judges, he said, faced difficulties as they had to drive the wrong way to arrive in the court.
“Does anyone come to the Supreme Court through this mob? I have no concern about their political demands. My concern is that whether my fundamental rights have been hindered due to this prevailing situation,” Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.
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The above comments clearly establish the fact that judiciary has no respect among the people . For this situation judiciary is itself responsible and hence ca'nt play a dicisive role at this critical juncture .
@Imran Qadri: First of all if the matter was this simple, why did the CM Punjab formed a committee to look into the matter?. If he was that confident, he would have just taken his word for it. http://tribune.com.pk/story/748902/pml-n-forms-three-member-committee-to-probe-rana-mashoods-video-scandal/ Secondly, going by the moral standards of these PMLN politicians, Rana Mashood is not going to admit and will naturally claim the video to be fake. Thirdly, if he is so confident he should take the channel to court.
IK is master of posture politics and is a master of bluffing and black mailing.
Let me congratulate PTI and PAT for winning the war of narrative by: 1) Making everyone believe that controversial results of four seats mean that the entire elections were rigged. 2) That Model Town "shuhada" were not guilty of battling the police and did not defy the writ of the state. 3) That Imran is the most honest politician regardless of no accountability of funds collected for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. 4) That PTI legislators, whether they file their taxes or not or declare their assets or not are most trustworthy, anyway. 5) That U-turns and promises not kept up still mean that IK always speaks the truth and nothing but the truth, notwithstanding, Imran's ambitious and unachievable goal, many of which he promised but could not achieve despite having a free hand in KP.
@javed khan: Which constitution that allows election rigging. Mubarak Hoo and live with it in a Pakistan who beg loans from IMF, World Bank and Zakat from Saudi's and leaders like NS, Diesel, AchakZai (with 3-4 family members as ministers) only look after their personal interest.
A big lol! When we were in University, every time we heard of a protest or a mutual fight, we heard they are student of law department. There is a true reason behind this. When students get rejection from all other academic fields, they get admission in Law. These low class student then become lawyer, and ofcourse judges. Tell me! What can one expect from these mediocres?
@Pakistani: your information is outdated ever since it was shown by Ary channel.... Rana Mashhood has already held detailed press conference repudiating the photoshop video. My 2 cents of advice to you: stop watching Ary and switch to Express channel for the news.
@Humza: How many plates of Nehari did you get to write that comment?
Imran is telling lie from day first. He is the responsible for the loss of Pakistan for his rude and shameful behaviour. He will have to face the music and consequences for his drama.
@Ch. Allah Daad: I don't think you have any idea what democracy is, you are a partisan PML-N party member and can't see beyond that. This is the same party which has killed 14 unarmed political activists and injuring 90 in Model Town Lahore and yet that Chief Minister is still there. Don't you think that it would have been prudent for NS to have thumb verification done in the 4 constituencies demanded by IK initially but now it is a different ball game. Why was NS so afraid of doing it. It seems that they have done cheatings and did not want to be exposed, if that is the case then this government can not claim to be a ligitimate government. I don't support any political or religious party in Pakistan but will call spade a spade and I am for democracy and not for any military dictatorship but I do recall your leader NS and his party is the product of that despicable dictator Zia, Was it not NS who wanted to become Ameer-ul-Momineen, what ever that is. Pathetic and corrupt leadership that I see in Islamabad. The Justices should know that PEACEFUL demonstrations by the citizens is the basic human right and part of Pakistani constitution. I don't think Pakistani judiciary has very admirable track record, Z A Bhutto comes to mind.
Lol. This sc has become a joke. Marchers must have gone to them first.
Mental and social chaos is our collective destiny, because none of us as infants start learning to think, the system brainwashes us to believe blindly as self purpose.
It's more than enough to make you weep, when you witness a mental chaotic like Imran Khan, who is supposed to be a role model for our youngsters, standing on the stage and using such a low class pathetic language and bazaari style......... in front of global listeners.
@Inqlab: Very well said.
When SC implicated Sharif Brothers in killings in PAT workers PTI was happy but now they will find all the bad things in SC.
@Haroon Khan: I'm afraid you and other Pakistanis will feel hopeless and deprived of fundamental rights as the judiciary like other organs of state have been bought out by the elites! Please can all lower their expectations and let's run this sham democracy as business as usual.
if Iftikhar Ch long march and sit in by Nawaz shareef ,in front of parliament was legal then this long march and dharnas is also regal...and if it is not legal,then notices should be issued to Iftikhar Ch and MNS to appear in front of C,J before Qadri and Imran Khan
Just a couple of days back the govt asked the SC to restrain the marchers from entering the red zone. The SC dismissed the petition stating that this is an issue for the govt to deal with. Now, when the marchers have crossed into red zone, the SC judges realize that fundamental right are being violated and have issued notices to the protest leaders. I wonder what caused this U-turn.
Enough is enough, I voted for imran khan but he has surpassed all the limits. I'm ashamed of calling myself an insafian. Now don't start swearing at the Supreme Court.
You should have take notice of Imran's demand and killing of Qadri's workers in Lahore, and where were you when the so called Lawyers movement halted everything in Pakistan for restoring of your predecessor. Please at least be honest and truthful in your judgments
Surely, a judge should not go wrong way, his inner conscience will never spare him.
@Karachiite: "...and the Berlin Wall constructed at the residence of Bilawal House? (who is not even a parliamentarian)."
Berlin Wall was knocked down by the protesting public only after the big powers had approved of the "unification", plans. When will the powers to be of Pakland dare to give such a signal?
Justice Nasir Sb, are fundamental rights only for a select few? How about the fundamental rights of the common man? And the Judiciary itself was restored through street power? How can our esteemed Judges forget the Judges Restoration Movement! Likewise, this is a movement to rid Pakistan of a corrupt political system. I hope the courts show maturity and impartiality during the current political impasse.
It's about time, steps were taken to stop the destabilizing actions of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan. Look at their paid media cell at work here. They could muster only a few thousand people in their nefarious games against an elected government but they are in full action on the internet.
@Inqlab: How many times did you refresh the page and click 'Recommend' ? Way to bring Inqalab is honesty.........thats not Imran Qadri style honesty!!
I travel almost every day using one-way (facing severe traffic jams) on mai-kolachi connecting road due to US consulate then Bilawal House and at times CM road after 11 PM. What about my freakin' rights Mr. Justice? This is routine for me...
We were stuck in Model Town for many days with family and the Honorable Lahore High Court passed a judgement that containers were not violating basic human rights and now this notice. One law for the poor and the other for the rich.
Did S C ever took notice of M Q M strikes call or inconvenience caused by VVIP & judges protocol
@javed khan: Nawaz shareef is a fraudulent.
Shareef Court = Supreme Court These judges forgot the rights of general public who are protesting to get a free and fair democratic process in Pakistan. They did not called CM Punjab Showbaz at Model town incident. I am appalled on the decision taken by these supreme cou... sorry Shareef Court.
Thugs are about to run away leaving hopeless supporters more hopeless.
My reply to all blind judges who face difficulty in traveling. Where are you when roads are jammed due to mass VIP movements? You also did it once remember?
What a strange judicial system, you can kill 15 persons on point blank, kill 5-10 people daily in Karachi, loot public funds, People can die with drought, leaders can live with overwhelming luxury, block roads leading to MNA's and MPA's home (Hamza Shabaz, Shabaz Shareef Lahore Model Town), put up containers and construct 15 feet high concrete wall in front of Bilawal house.
Block highways and main roads for public for hours daily, on the name of VIP movement.
But you cannot protest, if you do you are violating basic human right. Wow! Man.
Better late than never but why both anarchists were provided so much liberty to destroy state writ and economy? Why most powerful state institutions wake up when their own existence is threatened?.
When the red lighted , siren blaring luxury car of a SC judge gets the right of way over the common man's car, is not the fundamental right of the aam admi encroached upon? Do these SC judges think twice and allow equality if rights to prevail?
If the judiciary was doing its job properly and the common citizen was getting justice, maybe they would not have to drive down the wrong way!!
And no notice issued to Nawaz and co for blatant rigging in the election. Oh well - it's Nawaz so they don't care. What about my fundamental rights when my vote was stolen by the corrupt Govt? Where was SC than? Hypocrites
CJP: We had to go longer way to get to Court! Boohoo
Public: Did u realise what the public have to through daily due to VIP protocols?
Thats it. These nasty leaders cry hoarse about their democratic right to protest but have no regards for the fundamental rights of the citizens. Supreme court please disperse this drama.
so supreme court intervene only when honourable judges and there staff fundamental rights be hindered and what about the fundamental rights of pakistani nation to elect whoever they want have been taken from them on 11 may 2013 by rigging.
what about the fundamental rights of the citizens compromised by the despotic monarchic rulers?
Why not issuing notices to those who rigged they election? why not issuing notices to those who killed innocent civilian at model town? why not issuing notices to those who are taking bribe on camera? why not issuing notices to those who are bidding / horse-trading for MNAs and MPAs?
These institution shows clear bias towards one political party.. This is the system we need to get rid of. That's why success of this Azadi march is virtal. That why we need to support IK..
SC should also answer as to why they have not taken any action against the Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood.
Providing justice to the citizens of Pakistan is also a fundamental right of every Pakistani. Unfortunately "Justic is for sale & for powerful people only. No one can deny it.
While you are at Supreme Court, why don't you also take up the case of the ICH (International Clearing House) that has stolen millions of rupees from expat Pakistanis who call their loved ones in Pakistan? IT has been a huge painful inconvenience for Pakistani parents, sisters and brothers and children living in Pakistan. Why this case? Because a few judges and parliamentarians are incovenienced from going to work? Please, do you know the amount of difficulty I face on a daily basis getting to work with the large containers outside CM House and Governor House and the Berlin Wall constructed at the residence of Bilawal House? (who is not even a parliamentarian). Imran is right. First solve the basic problems rather than trying to restrain those who are making very genuine complaints and voicing the opinions of the silent majority that is having to bear tremendous hardship on the hands of politicians while the judiciary is sitting silent.
Nothing has been lost still and some amicable settlement can still be struck provided both parties (Imran+Qadri and MNS) show some relaxation instead of being too rigid. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / [email protected]
Seriously, commuting problems the people are facing? Were they sleeping from last 15 days, when the whole country was blocked? Don't they see the containers blocking all the entrances of islamabad/blue area/constitution ave.?? Oh, it is there movement that they are now concerned with! Justice is blind in its true sense :(
Respected Justice Saqib Nisar, 18 crore people also have their fundamental rights which was suspended since inception of constitution. Have you ever try to address? Children need free education people need free health facilities. Have you ever think? People need quick justice and thousands of cases pending in your court since long. Have you ever think? People need cheap and uninterrupted electricity, clean drinking water, clean air, food, residence, jobs which were undertaken in constitution. Have you ever think? People need to be respected and your elite rulers disrespect them. Have you ever think?
This madness and un-constitutional steps of Mr Imran Khan and Allama Qadri has to stop.They are giving a bad name to the country and ruining the economy. Their demands are un-constitutional and come very close to reballion against the state
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar!!! what about common man rights ???? Our judiciary and lawyers like you are equal responsible that they always tried to shelter corruption and unlawful act of politicians. Where were you when 14 people shot dead at model town Lahore??? Its time to make lawyer and judges accountable too with politicians.