Incoming CJP Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rings alarm bells

Incoming CJP Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rings alarm bells

ISLAMABAD - Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who will take charge as the chief justice of Pakistan on Friday, said the Supreme Court will only use its authority to take suo motu action as a last resort.

Speaking at a full court reference held in honour of the outgoing chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar earlier today, Justice Khosa said suo motu notices during his tenure will only be taken where no other solution is in sight.

“The authority to take suo motu action will only be used sparingly and for significant national matters,” he said, adding that the court would set up parameters for suo motu powers.

Army and intelligence agencies should not interfere in civilian matters, the judge said.

"The trial of a civilian in a military court is considered wrong across the world. It is said that military courts issue verdicts in less time," Justice Khosa said.

He vowed to ensure speedy delivery of justice during his upcoming tenure, and said that the latest technology would be used to prevent unnecessary delays.

Referring to Justice Nisar's efforts to raise donations to build the Diamer-Bhasha dams, Justice Khosa said that he too "will build a dam against fake cases, pending cases."