CJP Iftikhar won't meet UN team on missing persons
12 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday refused to meet the United Nations mission currently visiting Pakistan on the missing persons issue.
The Supreme Court through a letter on September 10 informed the Foreign Affairs Ministry that "as the cases of missing persons are pending before this court, therefore, propriety demanded that the honourable chief justice of Pakistan may not discuss the matter which is sub judice. Therefore, regrets were conveyed to the ministry expressing the inability of the chief justice of Pakistan to receive the UN delegation".
Talking to our sources, renowned lawyer Tariq Mahmood has welcomed the CJP's decision for not meeting with the UN mission, saying if the matter is sub judice then a judge should not discuss the issue outside the court. He said the government officials as well as Judicial Commission Chairman Javed Iqbal could hold a meeting with the mission.