SC judge questions hearing of Imran Khan’s plea against NAB amends
Says why apex court hearing case of a person who is not part of Parliament: Adds entire system frozen by decisions of one person: Imran Khan does not want to become part of Parliament, nor does he believe in its decisions
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During the hearing of Imran Khan’s plea against amendments to the laws of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said why the Supreme Court (SC) was hearing the case of a person who was outside the Parliament, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
“Imran Khan does not want to be a part of the debate in the Parliament, nor does he accept its decisions. Why should the court decide the case of a person who does not want to be a part of the Parliament? The entire system is being frozen by the decisions of one person,” he remarked.
“There are news in the newspapers that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is going back to the Parliament. If the PTI returns to the Parliament, will the government sit with them?” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial questioned.
“Should we send the issue of NAB amendments back to the Parliament?” he said to the government’s lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan.
“I cannot speak anything in the court without taking instructions,” Makhdoom Ali Khan replied.
“In the parliamentary system, the entire procedure is clear and fixed. If the PTI wants, it can return to the Parliament and present the NAB law amendment bill,” he added.
“Legislation should be carried out through consensus instead of majority opinion. The government and the PTI must consider national interest first regarding NAB amendments,” Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked.
“It is hoped that the government and the PTI will carry out legislation regarding NAB amendments through consensus,” he added.
“There is no concept of democracy without politics. After the Second World War, there is also the concept of national government. The PTI may return to the Parliament and say that the NAB amendments introduced during their tenure were correct,” Makhdoom Ali Khan replied.
“We want the case of NAB amendments to be completed soon. The implementation of law in the country is being affected due to the decision of NAB amendments,” the CJP remarked.
“You should go to the Parliament and present the NAB Amendment Bill,” Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said to Imran Khan’s lawyer.
Reporter Amanat Gishkori