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No one will be allowed to destroy the system: Chief Justice Pakistan

28 November, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday said that no one would be allowed to destroy the system, adding that ridiculing the courts was unbearable.

The CJP dismissed the petition filed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) Multan Bench, calling it inefficient. While hearing the petition, he remarked that these were not the kind of courts where brawls could occur anytime. “The courts are empowered to deal with anyone,” he added.

Justice Saqib Nisar stated that certain lawyers were trying to destroy the courts for their politics. He spoke against the contempt of court, declaring it unbearable and unwanted for the system.

He asked the lawyers to send their representatives in the chamber, but only after taking appointment. The behaviour and conduct should be appropriate, he added.

A small group of lawyers had filed a petition in the apex court and demanded it to declare illegal the orders of LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah to suspend judicial work at the Multan Bench.

An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday adjourned the hearing into corruption references against the Sharif family after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif requested the investigators to suspend proceedings until the Islamabad High Court announces its verdict in a petition pertaining to the clubbing of references.

On November 23, the high court had reserved its judgement on a petition by the ousted premier to club the references against him. The request filed by Nawaz today sought suspension of the accountability court's proceedings until the decision is announced.

National Accountability Bureau's prosecutor, Sardar Muzzafar, objected to Nawaz's request stating that witnesses had appeared on behalf of Bureau for the hearing and should be allowed to record their statement. The prosecutor pointed out that one of the witnesses had only recorded half of his testimony in the previous hearing and should be allowed to complete it today.

However, the accountability court rejected the prosecutor's request as it adjourned the hearing until Dec 4.

Earlier, heavy protocol had escorted Nawaz to the accountability court from the Islamabad airport when he arrived there from Lahore.

The premier's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and her husband, Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar, were present in the court during the hearing.
NAB references

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file references against Nawaz and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.

The Supreme Court also assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory role to monitor the progress of the accountability court proceedings.

NAB had filed three references on Sept 8 against Sharif and his family, and another reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.

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