Justice will be dispensed to Justice Shaukat Siddiqui: CJP | Pakistan

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Photo: file

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked on Monday that justice will be dispensed to Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, adding that no one will be treated unfairly.

The top judge made the remarks while hearing the suo motu case against Islamabad High Court’s Justice Siddiqui’s speech, in which he had claimed that certain institutions are interfering in judicial work.

On Sunday, Chief Justice Nisar had taken notice of the speech and summoned the record of Justice Siddiqui’s speech from PEMRA.

In an address to the Rawalpindi Bar Association on Saturday, IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, referring to the country’s intelligence agencies, had claimed that certain quarters were interfering in the working of the higher judiciary.

The Pakistan Army in response to the speech asked today the Supreme Court to “take action” against “serious allegations” against the “judiciary and the premier state intelligence agency”.

During court proceedings on Monday, the CJP asserted: “No conspiracies have been hatched against the country. No harm will come to the country’s as long as the judiciary is powerful.” 

While referring to a petitioner, he remarked, “If you want a submit a petition over it then can you. But, I can assure you that we have taken notice over the matter but I am not going to take a suo motu notice,”

‘Efforts being made to malign judiciary’ 

Later in the day, the CJP remarked that efforts are being made to malign the country’s judiciary. 

While addressing an event at Lahore, he said: “I had promised the nation that I won’t let democracy be affected until there is Supreme Court. I had promised the nation that I will keep the country’s democracy out of harm’s way.”

“Pakistan will be weakened if the judiciary is weakened,” he said, adding that it would be quite deplorable if the country’s judiciary gets a bad reputation. 

He further remarked that he had also promised that the elections will be held on time. 

While speaking about the general election, Chief Justice Nasir said that he hopes that Pakistan’s next prime minister is an honest and trustworthy person. 

He also shared that Tahira Safdar to be the next chief justice of Balochistan High Court. 

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