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“Accountability has begun”: CJP vows to go after judges


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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has remarked accountability has begun and all the judges will be held accountable. He observed, “Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) is now very active and accountability process has begun. All the judges will be held accountable as per the constitution.

The judges who have given decisions in a few cases will also be proceeded against under article 209.” He gave these remarks while heading a bench hearing a case pertaining to the Lahore High Court’s supervisory role over lower courts. During the course of the hearing, additional attorney general appeared before the court.

Chief Justice observed, “People are crying and dying as they are not getting justice. Bench no (1) of Supreme Court has disposed of 7,000 cases but when judges are asked they say 20 cases have been wrapped up. Proceedings will be initiated against judges who have given verdict in a few cases.”

‘LHC seems to have failed in its supervisory responsibilities’, CJP remarked. Chief Justice while inquiring Additional Attorney General asked, “Why the supervisory committees of high courts are not seeing these matters.

“Judges want a luxury vehicle, a big bungalow and perks, and privileges’, people are crying but no one is caring” CJP added. Chief justice further observed, “Now the salary of off-day will not be given to judges and action will be taken against those judges who do not perform their job”.

‘LHC seems to have failed in its supervisory responsibilities’, CJP remarked. Chief Justice while inquiring Additional Attorney General asked, “Why the supervisory committees of high courts are not seeing these matters. Should we call the judges of these supervisory committees in the chamber and ask about their performance?

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If we say such that we are not satisfied with the supervisory role of the high court then what will you say?” On that, Additional attorney general replied that the given orders would be obeyed. It is vital to mention here that a day earlier; President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi had removed a senior judge of the Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.

He gave these remarks while heading a bench hearing a case pertaining to the Lahore High Court’s supervisory role over lower courts. During the course of the hearing, additional attorney general appeared before the court.

It has been said in the issued notification by the ministry of law and justice that under Article 209 (5) and recommendations of Supreme Judicial Council under Article 209 (6) of the constitution of Pakistan, 1973 read with Article 48 (1) of the constitution, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has been removed.

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It also merits mentioning here that IHC Judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui while addressing a seminar in District Bar Association Rawalpindi on July 21 alleged country’s premier spy agency of interfering in judicial proceedings.

He said that the ISI approached the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court and told him that they don’t want the release of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz before elections. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of his controversial statement on July 22.

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