PML-N asks chief justice to take notice of judges’ transfer – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The main opposition of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) has "condemned" the government movement to transfer judges to hear cases against party leaders and asked the President of the Supreme Court to Pakistan, Asif Saeed Khosa, take note of what they described as "obvious" and a dazzling attack on the judiciary by the executive. ”

At an emergency press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal and party information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb also asked the CJP to order a "transparent and independent investigation." on reports that the government's measure came after a "secret meeting" between a chief judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and an acting minister at the Kashmir House in Islamabad on Tuesday night.

"We hope that the president of the Supreme Court will take note of his motive for this attack on the judiciary," said Mr. Iqbal.

Demands investigate report on "secret meeting" between a superior judge and a minister

The PML-N leader said they were concerned about the "media reports" about the alleged meeting between the judge and the minister, and said that worldwide, meetings between judges and executive members were considered "inappropriate and against judicial norms. "

Iqbal said the judge who was listening to the PML-N MNA narcotics case of Faisalabad Rana Sanaullah received a message on WhatsApp in the middle of the hearing that he had been repatriated to the LHC. Later, he said, the Ministry of Justice and Justice issued a notice ordering the transfer of all the judges who had been hearing cases against PML-N leaders, including Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz and Khawaja Saad Rafique.

"Is the judicial system of the country being executed because of the whims and desires of the government in exercise or independently?" Asked Mr. Iqbal.

The PML-N leader said the constitution prohibits the executive from interfering in judicial matters.

“Today, the executive and the government have blatantly attacked the judiciary and tried to influence the cases that are being carried out against PML-N leaders. Do PML-N people have the right to a transparent and fair trial? ”, He continued while describing the recent development as" unfortunate. "

"We expect the president of the court to take note and discard the government's decision," he said, adding: "he [the CJ] he is the main judicial officer of the country and guarantor of the judicial system of Pakistan. "

“Now all eyes are on the president of the court, whether he realizes this attack on the judicial process or not. I hope you put aside this decision … otherwise, people will lose confidence in the judicial system, "he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Aurangzeb stated that the judge who was listening to the narcotics case against Mr. Sanaullah was transferred at a time when he was about to give his verdict on the video produced by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) as evidence

She said that it was perhaps the first incident in the country's legal history that a judge had been transferred through a WhatsApp message in the middle of a case hearing. She said the country was running through WhatsApp, recalling that previously a joint investigation team (JIT) on the case of Panama was established through WhatsApp and then former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was shown his order to arrest on WhatsApp before his arrest while heading to Lahore.

Ms. Aurangzeb also lashed out at President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan for allegedly trying to influence the PCE through the unilateral and "unconstitutional" appointment of the two PCE members of Sindh and Balochistan.

Published on Dawn, August 29, 2019



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