AGP says CJP remarks misunderstood

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): The attorney general of Pakistan has written a letter to the federal law minister explaining remarks of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umer Ata Bandial which he said were misconstrued.
In this regard, AGP Shehzad Ata Elahi wrote a letter to Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar on behalf of Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial. The AGP told the minister that the observation of the chief justice of Pakistan was reported in a wrong way. He explained that the CJP did not utter that only one prime minister was honest in country’s history. The social media wrongfully reported his remarks, the AGP added.
He asked the law minister to correct his fellow parliamentarians and apprise them of the facts. The attorney general went on to write that the chief justice never spoke that only Muhammad Khan Junejo was an honest prime minister. There is no grain of truth in the news regarding CJP’s remarks about the honesty of the prime minister.
The AGP said that the senators criticized the remarks of the chief justice. Nevertheless, it was mentioned in the NAB amendment case itself. He said that the chief justice just mentioned the order which did not restore the National Assembly in 1988. Later, former chief justice of Pakistan Naseem Hassan Shah had expressed his regret over the non-restoration order. The attorney general further stated that CJP Bandial just remarked that Junejo was a good and independent prime minister whose government was removed after invoking Clause 58-2B of the Constitution.
On Friday, senators voiced their objection to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial’s remarks made a day ago highlighting that Parliament was being kept “systematically incomplete”. The CJP had said on Thursday that the “solution of all issues of the country is only possible through the people’s decision” while hearing PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s petition against the August 2022 amendments to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance.
During the senate meeting, PML-N’s Irfan Siddiqui objected to the CJP remarks saying “He (CJP) said the parliament was incomplete. He only called one prime minister honest, which I’m assuming was Muhammad Khan Junejo. Who gave him the privilege to call every prime minister from Liaquat Ali Khan to Imran Khan dishonest? Whatever the judiciary will say, we will follow it. The judiciary has a parameter [but] it has started transgressing [into the legislative]. Our legislations are challenged.”