The Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, on Thursday (Nov 15) accepted the unconditional apologies of Urdu newspaper ‘Jang’ and English daily ‘The News’ over misreporting Chief Justice of Pakistan’s remarks about Government.
Both publications in their lead stories, claimed that “Supreme Court said the current government lacked capability and planning.”
Jang Editor Hanif Khalid, was asked by Justice Nisar to “explain how his remarks were misreported and published, and then debated on television later that night”. “Your reporter does not even come to court. You want institutions to clash with each other,” the CJP remarked.
CJP took suo motu action and said “Both the newspapers ran wrong stories.” “We had talked about the CDA (Capital Development Authority) in the Banigala case. There is a recording available of the court’s proceedings; we can play that.”
“[TV] programmes were also done on the basis of this wrong news,” Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said, to which Additional Attorney General Nayyer Rizvi added: “Tickers were also run [on the same].”
Official notification of the Court said, “We are surprised as the court never made such observations about the federal government. [Those] observations were made against the Capital Development Authority. This is an instance of gross misreporting.”
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