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Questions raised on live media coverage of Justice Faez Isa

The over two hours-long live media coverage of Justice Faez Isa's statements is being widely questioned on social media. 

Pakistani netizens are questioning the hours-long live media coverage of Supreme Court senior judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa who has recently become the target of much controversy.

According to the details, Justice Qazi Faez Isa was addressing a ceremony on the Constitution of Pakistan in Islamabad. However, the over two hours-long live media coverage of Justice Faez Isa’s statements are being widely questioned on social media.

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“Perhaps there is no other example of a long-live coverage for a Supreme Court judge. It has been going on for the past two hours, and all the TV channels including PTV are showing it live,” senior TV journalist Kamran Khan said.

“Why Qazi Faiz Isa’s long speech is being shown live on all channels? Does any other Supreme Court judge get this much coverage?” questioned journalist Anwar Lodhi.

“All TV channels have broken all the previous records by showing Justice Qazi Faez Isa Sahib live for two and a half hours continuously,” former Punjab Home Minister Hashim Dogar said.

During the ceremony, Justice Faez Isa – who is slated to become the next CJP in September- was asked about the difference in opinion regarding the top judge’s suo motu powers. He explained that the Constitution gave the top court as a whole the right to take suo motu notice, adding that this power did not exclusively lie with the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP).

“The Supreme Court means all its judges,” he stressed, adding every step should be taken carefully on the suo motu clause.

Justice Isa said that some of his colleagues were of the opinion that only the CJP could exercise the right to take suo motu notice. “The Constitution does not say this. If it does, you may tell me the article.”

Justice Isa’s remarks come amid a growing debate in recent weeks about the CJP’s suo motu powers. A bill aimed to deprive the office of the CJP of powers to take suo motu notice in an individual capacity has also been passed by Parliament.

However, the implementation of the bill, which is yet to become law, has been curbed by a larger bench headed by CJP Umar Ata Bandial.

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