Oscar Tango: ‘Democracy shouldn’t work like a monarchy’

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has observed that democracy should not operate like a monarchy and hinted at referring a matter regarding the appointment of former Pakistan Television (PTV) chairman Ataul Haq Qasmi as managing director (MD) to the national accountability bureau NAB. The three-member bench The bench headed by the CJP expressed disappointment at the manner in which Qasmi was appointed PTV chairman and later given additional charge of MD. The CJP questioned whether a king was running the country. “Democracy should work by the law, therefore, we will ensure rule of law in the country.” “We have two options. Either we should deeply examine the matter or refer the case to NAB”, he said. He noted that the case appears to be in NAB’s domain. The bench wondered how a writer could run the management of an institution. The bench asked NAB special prosecutor Imranul Haq to examine the matter and sought Qasmi’s tax returns for the last ten years.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has termed his party’s victory in the Lodhran by-election on Monday ‘a public reaction’ against his ‘political victimization’ and ‘fabricated’ references by NAB. “It is the people of Pakistan who are fighting my case,” claimed Mr Sharif while talking to the media on Tuesday after appearing in the court for the references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau on the Supreme Court directive. “I salute the people as they are responding to the allegations leveled against me and fighting for the sanctity of their own vote irrespective of whether they are living in rural or urban areas,” said Mr Sharif. He termed the accountability process undertaken by the SC and NAB as “victimization in the name of accountability”.

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated that path to regional peace and stability passes through #Afghanistan. Addressing Chiefs of Defense Conference in Kabul on Tuesday, he said that regions develop as a whole, not individual countries. Gen. Bajwa was addressing “Chiefs of Defense” conference in Kabul in which the US international forces commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, US Central Command Commander General Joseph and the army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan were in attendance. The Pakistan Army Chief reiterated that Pakistani territory was not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expected the same in reciprocity.

No official of the Supreme Court is dual national. Likewise, no judge of the Peshawar High Court, Balochistan High Court, Islamabad High Court and Federal Shariat Court is dual national. However, one Lahore High Court judge, Justice Jawwad Hassan, and one Sindh High Court judge, KK Agha, are holding dual nationality by birth. Likewise, the report submitted to Chief Justice Saqib Nisar also shared details of lower judiciary judges who are holding dual nationality. In Punjab, two judges – Ashfaq Ahmad Rana and Farkhanda Arshad – are holding dual nationality. Likewise, Rashda Asad in Sindh and Farukh Ataullah Khan in K-P are dual nationals. One lower judiciary judge in Islamabad, Samia Noreen, holds the nationality of a foreign country. The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar while hearing suo motu case himself read out the apex court and high court registrars reports on dual nationals. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court summoned the establishment secretary on Wednesday for failing to submit the list of officials in the government and bureaucracy holding dual nationality.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Sunday directed the Punjab provincial government to immediately remove barriers placed in the name of security on the streets of the provincial capital Lahore. The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-judge bench, directed the provincial authorities to remove all barriers placed outside the Punjab chief minister’s camp office in Model Town, Governor House, IG Punjab Police office within 24 hours. Other important points where the barriers were ordered to be removed included Jati Umra, the residence of the Sharif Family, model residence of Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Minhajul Quran, Aiwan-e-Adal, Jamia Qadsia, residence of Hafiz Saeed, DIG Operations Office, Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines and other and blockades outside different buildings from a total 26 points in the city. Justice Nisar passed these orders while hearing several suo motu notices on public welfare issues at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry. Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was also present in the court.

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