Ex-CJP audio tape: IHC seeks AGP assistance on admissibility of petition
CJ says social media working without regulations, how many times we will launch probes | Says court does not want to indulge in judicial activism, nor does it want to open any floodgate
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The Islamabad High Court has sought help from the attorney general of Pakistan on the matter of the admissibility of a petition regarding the alleged audiotape of former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The IHC headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah was hearing a petition seeking the formation of a commission to launch a probe into the veracity of the alleged audio clip on Monday. The court asked the AGP to help it understand whether the petition was worthy to be heard or not.
The petition was filed by Sindh High Court Bar President Salahuddin Ahmad and member Judicial Commission Imam Haider.
Chief Justice Minallah said that the court had to ascertain the truth in the light of the law.
“We do not want to enter into judicial activism. Nor do we want to open any floodgate. We are living in such a society where social media is working without any regulation. Every day something comes up. How many times you will ask for launching a probe,” the CJ remarked.
Justice Minallah wondered whether the petition could be heard or not, asking the petitioners against whom the writ was filed.
The CJ sought help from the attorney general on the admissibility of the petition. He said that first of all he would issue a pre-admission notice to the AGP and he would present his arguments regarding the petition’s admissibility.
Advocate Salahuddin said that Pakistan Bar Council had passed the resolution in this connection. If the court deems it fit, it can send a notice to it as well, he added.
The chief justice remarked that the court honoured the bar for upholding the constitution and law.
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani