ISLAMABAD, Oct 26, 2018: Two-thirds Pakistanis approve of Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar’s performance
A survey by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan found that 32 per cent Pakistanis think Chief Justice’s performance during the past one year very good; 25 percent said his performance was good and 11 percent called it appropriate.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country was asked: “What is your opinion about CJP Nisar’s performance in the last year?”
In response to the question, 14 per cent said CJP’s performance was bad, 13 per cent said it was very bad, while 5 per cent did not know or respond to the question.
The survey was carried out among a sample of 1,550 men and women in rural and urban areas of countrywide from August 27 to September 3.
The margin of error is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95 per cent confidence level.
While Justice Nisar’s critics accuse him of hyper activism, polls indicate that 68 percent of the nation approve of his performance — one of his landmark verdicts last year was on the Panama Papers Case, which led to then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif getting disqualified by the apex court for life from holding any public office, including heading the PML-N party.
A snap poll by PKonweb through WhatsApp among hundreds of overseas Pakistanis had shown then that 90 percent among them did not consider the verdict a threat to democracy.
Taking suo motu notices of issues related to public interest and those that affect fundamental rights of the citizen of the country have been hallmarks of his ongoing stint as the Chief Justice of the country’s apex court.
Lately, he has been taking up cases pertaining to mega money laundering, misgovernance, embezzlements, misuse of authority in public offices, major scams of landgrabbing, and raising fund for building dams in the country –these populist initiatives have however drawn criticism from some civil societies and political parties. They say it’s overstepping the boundaries and diluting the separation of powers between the judiciary, the executive and the parliament.
Nonetheless, he remains popular among the have-nots and the left-behind ones and among those who want the rule of law to govern, independent observers say when asked by PKonweb to comment on the latest opinion poll results.
According to report, the Supreme Court has decided 1,066 cases within the first 15 days of October which can be considered as its highest disposal rate in such a short span of time.
Presently, 195 constitution petitions, 39 suo motu cases and 262 human rights applications are pending with the top court.
The CJP had made it clear that he will decide all public interest cases, which have been initiated by him during his tenure.
Justice Nisar is the 25th Chief Justice of Pakistan –in office since 31 December 2016, and is expected to retire in January 2019.