Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry appeared before Supreme Court in a suo motu case regarding the transfer of Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jan Muhammad.
Speaking to the media after appearing before the court he said, “I highly respect the chief justice.”
“Neither I have ever committed contempt of court nor I can ever imagine of doing so,” he added. Clarifying his statement on the Islamabad IGP’s transfer Chaudhry said, “My statement was regarding the bureaucracy and not the court.”
“We will run in accordance with the law and our admiration for bureaucracy has not been reduced,” he added. “Whenever anyone goes beyond their authority, law has the right to intervene and the Constitution is supreme not any individual,” the information minister further said.
Chaudhry continued, “We will uphold the Constitution. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) struggle is about running the country in accordance with the Constitution.” “I have spoken about authority and balance in institutions,” he added. Further, the information minister said there is “no political interference in police affairs”. “Right now, issues concerning the bureaucracy are arising but the country will run as per Prime Minister Imran Khan’s policies,” Chaudhry added.
Regarding Federal Minister Azam Swati, the information minister said, “He is a wise man and everyone has fights.”
Commenting on the All Parties Conference (APC), Chaudhry said, “Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s APC is failed but he should keep at it as he might be successful in the next 10 to 15 years. However, right now the government is strong and the people have confidence in the prime minister.”
The Supreme Court on Wednesday summoned Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in suo motu case regarding ‘irresponsible’ statements about Islamabad Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Jan Muhammad. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu case on the transfer of the Islamabad IGP.
Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed, secretary establishment and interior secretary appeared before the court for the hearing. During the hearing the bench took strict notice of the statements of the information minister and federal minister for science and technology and summoned them. The bench also directed the affected family to appear before court.
Justice Nisar remarked, “It was said that the Supreme Court cannot remove an IGP.” Holding the constitution book in the air, Justice Nisar remarked, “It is the Supreme Court that sent a prime minister home as per the Constitution.” Stating that “there is no doubt that the prime minister is the chief executive”, Justice Nisar lashed out at Chaudhry and said, “The information minister issued an irresponsible statement. Are such statements given? There is a limit to irresponsibility.”
“The information minister, who is a lawmaker, issued a statement that if an executive has to run the government then why were the elections held. Which institution was he digging at in his statement?” Justice Nisar asked. The top judge continued, “The interior secretary was not aware that the prime minister also holds the portfolio of interior minister. Your minister says they will do as they please, we will see how he does this.”
“A cow entered Swati’s farmhouse, what was the big deal? Children were arrested and put behind bars and then on TV he stated that he will clarify his position,” Justice Nisar added.
Further, he said, “What kind of thinks is the information minister saying. He is also a lawmaker.” The chief justice then said, “Call for the tape of information minister’s speech from news channels.” “Chaudhry is a representative of the state. Are state representatives like this?” he asked.
The top judge then stated, “Why don’t we summon Chaudhry and Swati?”
IGP was transferred on October 27 for allegedly refusing to take action on the complaint by Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Azam Swati’s son and failing to pick calls from the federal minister.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday (Oct 31) claimed that that multiple complaints had been filed against Islamabad IGP due to poor performance and lack of cooperation.
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