Systematic Campaign launched by government against top Judiciary: SC

Systematic Campaign launched by government against top Judiciary: SC

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan heard the suo moto case proceedings against the PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi.

During the hearing of a suo motu notice taken by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench of the top court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, directed the ruling party’s lawmaker to submit his response by June 5.

The bench directed Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali, who has been appointed as prosecutor, to collect material related to the case.

The court observed that a systematic campaign was being run by the government against judges of the apex court and the JIT. “The Cabinet members and some individuals have launched a campaign against judiciary,” remarked Justice Ijazul Ahsen.

Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh said the incumbent government is acting like “the Sicilian Mafia, which would threaten judges”.

Directing the AGP to clarify the government’s stance, Justice Ejaz said: “We have appointed the JIT members and will not be subdued by anyone.”

Justice Ijazul Ahsen observed that the person issuing such threats is a senator who is also holding a senior party position in Sindh but the government remained silent for two days.