Apex court cannot be pressurized: CJP

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar has said that he will not allow anyone to use the court for political benefits and adding that Supreme Court cannot be pressurized with the speeches or any other tactics.

This he said while hearing a case on Tuesday challenging the recently passed Election Act 2017.

CJP Saqib Nisar headed the three-member Supreme Court bench. Supreme Court took up as many as 13 petitions against Nawaz’s party presidency, including those by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, MNA Jamshaid Dasti, National Party and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

The petitions challenging the recently passed Election Act 2017 and its clauses which allowing a disqualified person like Nawaz Sharif can lead the party and stated that it is the clear violation of Clause 5 of the Political Parties Order 2002 and Article 17 of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Railway minister and PML-N senior leader, Khawaja Saad Rafique appeared before the court.

During the hearing, Chief Justice remarked that Rafique gives very passionate speeches and he should speak for himself in the court, he instructed that after the hearing there will no media talk outside the court.

“Can’t let my institution be used for political gains,” the chief justice observed. “I don’t watch TV but we get the message on whatever is said about us.”

Senior PML-N leader Raja Zafarul Haq requested the court to give the government 15 days for the case.

The Chief Justice responded that he can only give 10 days to government to prepare the case.

The court issued notices to the respondents and adjourned the case until February 6.

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