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Misbehavior with staff: CJP grills Gilgit Baltistan Minister

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, summoned the inspector general of Islamabad police (IGP) in a case pertaining to the misbehavior of Minister of Gilgit Baltistan with an official of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) on Friday.

CJP while heading a three-member bench of the apex court censured the Tourism Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, Fida Hussain and asked him if he was ‘educated’. “Did you push the airport staff? Are you an educated person?” CJP questioned the minister.

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The CJP then asked IGP about the measures he had taken in response to the incident. The city’s top cop responded that the new Islamabad International Airport came under the jurisdiction of Rawalpindi.

The protest is the democratic right, but unfortunately, in Pakistan, there are no boundaries when it comes to record remonstration.

According to the details, a video of Fida Hussain went viral on social media in which he could be seen pushing the airport official, asking him not to waste his time. Not just that, another video of the same minister showed him burning clothes at the airport and forbidding the airport staff from extinguishing the fire.

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Mr. Hussain was among passengers of PK-507 scheduled to travel from Islamabad to Gilgit who protested after their flight was delayed due to bad weather. Justice Nisar took the notice of the alleged misbehavior and had summoned Hussain and the airport official to appear at the apex court.

During the hearing today, CJP asked the minister,” Were you in your sense when you misbehaved with the official? How did you interfere in officials affairs?” To which Minister replied, “I did push him, but there was a story behind it. I did not have ill intentions.”

The city’s top cop responded that the new Islamabad International Airport came under the jurisdiction of Rawalpindi.

“A poor man was mocked at the airport,” the top judge remarked. “We will call the Islamabad IGP and get a case registered against you,” he told Hussain.

“For two day, flights were not being run to Gilgit. I am apologetic over my behavior,” Hussain said.

Justice Nisar then ordered the Minister to submit a written apology in the court.

It is true that PIA has been reprimanded often for its inefficiency and delayed flights, but it most certainly can’t go against nature.

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In this particular scenario, since bad weather was the reason of delay, Minister’s misbehavior can’t be justified; although ‘misbehavior’ in any case is not a civilized way of protest and can’t be vindicated. The protest is the democratic right, but unfortunately, in Pakistan, there are no boundaries when it comes to record remonstration.