People are best judge and see everything
Ashraf Asmi ….
The people of Pakistan are witness; the present rulers are playing game with judiciary. No doubt in the past, the Judiciary has opted the path of compromises, but it is not 90,s 80,s era, now the nation has flood of information , so there is a drastic change in the behavior of the masses because of social media. Now nothing cannot be concealed. The present condition has been created by rulers themselves, as Nawaz Sharif continuously raising slogans against apex court. As a student of law, it can not be bear.If our rulers contempt the court, then what will be message for common person. Government is responsible for good governess, to achieve this end, there must be rule of law, but our Ex.PM himself using abuse language against judiciary .Our EX PM is addressing to the public meetings throughout the country and he had a view point that he was disqualified by the apex court with ulterior motives. He has a view , court has personal garage against him. In fact if rulers do not obey the court order then there will be no rule of law. Nawaz Sharif should understand it is now 2018, people have much awareness as compared to the past. Chief Justice of Pakistan has clearly mentioned that he is not the part of any game against N League Govt. Similar type of statement was of ISPR. Even CJ told that if democratic system dissolves, he will quit his office. Now come the recent development. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said loyalty to the judiciary is the duty of every citizen of Pakistan and ridiculing it is disobedience to the constitution. The chief justice said this while heading a three-judge bench which heard the petitions against the Election Act 2017.Sardar Latif Khosa, representing Pakistan People’s Party, said freedom of speech does not mean PML-N leaders are allowed to scandalise and criticise the apex court.Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said criticising and attacking the apex court also fall under the purview of Article 5 of the constitution, which says; “Loyalty to the state as well as obedience to the constitution and law is the obligation of every citizen.”To a court query, Latif Khosa said the state comprises parliament, judiciary and executive. He added Article 5 says loyalty to the state is the obligation of every citizen while disloyalty to it is treason.Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said there is a latest trend in the English courts. Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said: “They (judges) do respond to the criticism of their judgments in public and that response is robust.”The chief justice also held the sentence for contempt of court is not only a six-month jail, but it could be awarded keeping in view the extent of contempt.Justice Ahsan said: “You (Nawaz Sharif) tried to befool the people inside and outside the court, but never told the whole truth to the bench.”Latif Khosa said it is the track record of PML-N leaders that if a judgment comes against them, they start criticising the courts. He said the people should respect not only the apex court but also all the courts. He said if people stop respecting the courts, it would be disastrous for the society and the whole structure would be destroyed and there would be law of jungle.The PPP lawyer said the SC is not just a court of four or five judges; it is the court of the people of Pakistan, adding the judges are sitting with the backing of the people. “Nawaz Sharif has not been removed by the apex court, but the people of Pakistan. This is not just the humiliation of the court, but that of the people of Pakistan,” he added. Khosa argued the court is showing restraint on former premier minister Nawaz Sharif’s speeches against judges. The chief justice said the people of Pakistan are the backbone and strength of the judiciary , adding they are the best judge and see everything.
Columnist is Practicing Lawyer.
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