PML-N leader and former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail takes a dig at the dissenting judges of the Supreme Court.
Taking to Twitter, Miftah Ismail retweeted a news story on the remarks made by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial during a hearing on a case related to the postponement of Punjab and KP by-polls.
During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked on the current state of the economy and urged political parties to put aside their differences and think of the nation.
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“There is violence and intolerance in the country at the moment. Look at the economic situation, there are lines for flour. Think of those people instead of fighting among yourselves,” the Chief Justice remarked.
Sharing the remarks, Miftah Ismail said, “Just as all judges sit together with understanding and make all decisions according to the constitution?”
جس طرح تمام ججز افہام و تفہیم کے ساتھ آپس میں مل کے بیٹھ کے تمام فیصلے آئین کے مطابق کرتے ہیں؟ https://t.co/tBhBIxbPYL
— Miftah Ismail (@MiftahIsmail) March 28, 2023
To clarify, the comment by Miftah Ismail was made amid the backdrop of the dissent of Supreme Court judges which has raised a lot of eyebrows in Pakistan. Earlier, the Supreme Court judges Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail called for revisiting the “one-man show” powers enjoyed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial.
They issued a detailed dissenting note on Punjab and KP election suo motu notice taken by the chief justice which stated that the CJP has the authority to take sou motu notice and constitute special benches but it will result in criticism and affect the public’s trust in the Supreme Court.
Last month, four Supreme Court judges had also recused themselves from suo moto hearing on the case related to elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A nine-member larger bench was formed to hear the suo motu proceedings regarding the delay in the announcement of a date for elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, however, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Athar Minallah, and Justice Yahya Afridi recused themselves from hearing the case.
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