Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Monday (March 4) during the hearing of a case regarding false testimony, said that as per the law, life imprisonment must be awarded to those who give false testimonies. From today, March 4, 2019 we are starting the journey of truth.
Censuring ASI Khizer Hayat for giving a false testimony in a case, the chief justice stated, “You were working at Wahdat Colony in Lahore and gave a testimony for a murder in Narowal. It is wrong to give a false testimony under oath.” “You took God’s name and said that if you lie God’s wrath may fall upon you and maybe now is the time that God’s wrath has fallen upon you. According to the police record, you were on holiday and lied in your testimony. The high court also said that you lied,” he added.
The chief justice further said, “As per the law, life imprisonment must be awarded to those who give false testimonies. From today, March 4, 2019 we are starting the journey of truth. All witnesses should know that even if a part of a testimony is based on lies it will be rejected. We are curbing false testimonies from today and starting from this witness who lied.”
“In 1964, the Lahore High Court judge had given a concession on this matter. The point of the concession was that people lie here anyway so if they want justice they should speak the truth,” the top judge said. “False testimonies have destroyed the system,” he stated.
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