Chief Justice of Pakistan, Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday (Nov 20) While addressing a gathering in Islamabad strongly reacted to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements on Judiciary and asked him not to taunt the judiciary.
“Do not criticize the judges and taunt us for being powerful. Prime Minister should know that he himself gave permission to someone to travel abroad,” he said. The Chief Justice further stated that those criticizing the judges should act carefully. “We have not differentiated between powerful and weak. The only thing powerful is the law. Do not compare the existing judiciary with the one before 2009,” he said.
“For us, no one is either big or small or powerful. We convicted one prime minister and disqualified another. A (former) chief of army staff’s case is about to be decided soon. Are these examples not in front of you? For us, only the law is powerful,” he said.
He asked everyone to encourage judges and the judicial system. “The judiciary has witnessed a silent revolution and is independent now. Judges consider their work as worship,” CJ said. Justice Khosa’s statement comes days after PM Imran requested the country’s top judge and his successor to revive the public’s trust in the country’s judicial system.
The prime minister said the government had accepted the court’s decision allowing Nawaz to go abroad for treatment but questioned as to who would be responsible for the over 800 prisoners who had died in jails over the past 10 years. Did anyone ever ask how their families were living, he questioned.
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17 November, 2019