Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said if it is correct to describe court decision shameful. CJP gave these remarks while presiding over a 3 members bench of SC during the course of hearing of contempt of court case here Friday.
The other members of bench were Justice Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani.
Besides Shirjil Memon and Taj Haider, 90 members of SA including speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Khoro, interior minister Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza and provincial information minister Shazia Marri were also present in the court.
President Supreme Court Bar, Aasma Jahangir, vice chairman Pakistan Bar Council Latif Afridi, President Sindh High Court Bar Association Anwar Mansoor, Attorney General Moulvi Anwar ul Haq, advocate general Sindh Fateh Muhammad Malik and senior lawyer Abdul Hafiz Pirzada also appeared in the court.
CJP directed Taj Haider to file written reply in the court so that court feels easy.
Sharjil Memon said assembly was in session therefore, written reply could not be prepared.
Notices were received two days before therefore, period of 60 days be allowed to file the reply, he requested.
CJP remarked such longer time could not be allowed. About contempt of court he said it was not a good occasion. “We respect you and other seniors but it is the matter of prestige of institutions. We are aware of what sacrifices you have rendered to save the system. If you and we don’t respect the judiciary then who will respect it, he inquired.
PPP talked of democracy and strengthening the institutions. You should fortify the institutions rather than weakening them. Several people lost their lives due to violence during the strike. Loss to life and property was caused. They should be paid compensation at least, he observed.
Aasma Jahangir said decisions were public property and criticizing them was justified.
“We have no objection if they are criticized within limits. Such criticism comes daily. People offer comments in TV programs. Criticism should be made in proper manner. But here words like shameful were used. Is it just. Expression of freedom is a separate issue but how much it is just to kill the people”, CJP remarked. .
The courts ignore contempt of court matters often, Justice Sair Ali remarked.
“Chief Minister Sindh has asked me to assist. As I was counsel to chairman NAB in his case therefore, we will file review petition”, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada said.
“It is the right way”,. CJP observed. Such steps are not correct. You have a future ahead of you. You have to go far ahead. Courts decisions come but the act of killing is not correct”, CJP remarked.
Some anti social elements had indulged in wrong acts by seizing the opportunity, Taj Haider said.
“We don’t attribute it to any party. PPP is larger party of the country. Pay the compensation”, CJP remarked. Court directed the government to continue investigations and take action against the anti social elements besides paying compensation for the loss caused during strike. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till April 25.
An another side sindh home minster said that if one or two members of assembly from PPP are made target and convicted then the entire Sindh Assembly (SA) will go to jail voluntarily.
He said this while talking to media men here outside Supreme Court (SC) Friday.
PPP had always respected the courts, he held. PPP leader accepted gallows by honoring the decisions of court, he maintained.
Asif Ali Zardari was president of Pakistan he said adding the decision for observing strike was the decision of the people of Sindh.
People of Sindh be not treated like Bengalis, he underlined. We had made Pakistan, he added.
As to why SC does not take suo motto notice of target killings, he said. “We have come here to express solidarity with out associates, he added.
If Sharjil Memon had committed contempt of court then the entire Sindh Assembly had committed it , he stated.
Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah was an honest person and he was cent percent eligible for the post of NAB chairman, Mirza said adding Deedar Hussain was sacked for the sake of some persons.
It was matter of regret that the judge who talked of executing Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto now acknowledges that Bhutto was hanged to save Zia ul Haq regime , he held. “My head hangs in shame when I see the picture of this judge in room No 1 of Supreme Court”, he said.
We have made former president Pervez Musharraf flee and not Supreme Court”, he stated.