CJP Khosa advises PM Imran to be careful while criticizing courts

CJP Khosa laments lawyers' attack on Lahore cardiology hospital

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa on Monday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself agreed for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign travel on medical grounds, so it should not be said that the judiciary was the sole authority in the matter.
A day ago, the prime minister had said in an indirect reference to Nawaz’s travel to London that there are separate laws for the weak and powerful in the country, requesting the CJP to deliver prompt justice.
While addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, the Chief justice said that the prime minister should not refer to the judiciary as powerful.
The CJP said that the prime minister should refrain from issuing such statements as he is the chief executive of the government. Justice Khosa said that they have been working without resources, adding that those criticizing the courts should be careful.
He said that the judiciary is free now. “The courts in the past have sentenced two serving prime ministers and disqualified one as well.”
The CJP said that the courts are now in the process of giving a verdict in relation to the case of a former army chief.
The top judge lamented that the judiciary is working without proper resources and only above 300 judges gave verdicts in hundred thousands of cases last year. “If one high-profile case gets highlighted by media then it does not mean the 3.6 million cases by a mere 3,100 judges should lay forgotten.”


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