- Justice Isa reveals he acquired paperwork through WhatsApp displaying funds have been supplied to a lawmaker from the PTI’s coalition get together
- Says “we are not the enemy; we want the implementation of the Constitution and for the corrupt practices to end”
- Justice Gulzar Ahmed clarifies the apex court docket’s judges “are not controlling the Prime Minister’s Office”
ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Isa inquired if it was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s job to distribute envelopes of cash to members of the Nationwide Meeting in a listening to Thursday on the Supreme Courtroom of Pakistan over uplift funds particularly in gentle of the upcoming Senate polls.
The Each day Jang reported that in the course of the listening to by a five-member bigger bench and presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Isa revealed he had acquired paperwork through WhatsApp indicating that heavy funds had been supplied to a lawmaker from the ruling PTI’s coalition get together from the NA-65 constituency.
“Can funds be given to certain constituencies? Is it in accordance with the law to give funds for the road,” he inquired.
The Lawyer-Normal of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan responded to the apex court docket decide, saying the WhatsApp paperwork “are your complaint and would be reviewed”.
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“I am not the complainant, I am just pointing [it] out; perhaps, you did not listen to me,” the decide replied.
In response, the AGP mentioned: “You have been sharing your observations for a long time. It is I who has not been heard. You received a message on your WhatsApp, so you are a complainant,” he mentioned.
Justice Isa responded by saying: “We are not the enemy. We are the protectors of the people’s money and the Constitution. We want the implementation of the Constitution and for the corrupt practices to end.
“A military of tweets yesterday was in opposition to me and I did not wish to point out it. It’s the responsibility of the Election Fee of Pakistan [ECP] to cease corrupt practices.
“I do not believe Article 248 protects the prime minister on politics. Is it the prime minister’s job to distribute envelopes [of money]? The prime minister has said the five-year period is short. Those who believe in the Constitution have reservations,” the highest court docket’s decide remarked.
Justice Ahmed, alternatively, clarified the apex court docket’s judges weren’t controlling the Prime Minister’s Workplace.
PM Imran Khan had submitted an announcement earlier that information within the media on the matter was incorrect, the AGP mentioned, with the court docket noting that Punjab and Sindh had submitted their replies.
A report from the finance secretary and signed by the premier was additionally submitted in the course of the listening to. Within the report, PM Imran Khan has denied stories of giving improvement funds to the members of the Meeting.
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Justice Umar Ata Bandial then requested if PM Imran Khan was personally accountable. “The prime minister has constitutional protection and is accountable when the matter is related to him.
“If the federal government is accountable, then the prime minister can’t be held accountable. The Lawyer Normal of Pakistan shouldn’t enable any unlawful orders to be issued,” Justice Bandial added, to which the AGP objected.
The judge responded by saying that an “reply to the court docket order was sought from the premier’s secretary. The federal government is run via [the help of] secretaries,” he remarked.
Justice Isa asked the AGP why he had not raised today’s objections a day earlier, to which the latter said constitutional questions could be raised at any level.
“No improvement funds will be given to any member of the Meeting,” he added.
The Supreme Courtroom finally disposed of the case, declaring PM Imran Khan’s response passable.
—Extra reporting by Maryam Nawaz in Islamabad