Published On: Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
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Time has gone when the courts were disrespected: CJP

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has remarked “ the time has passed when the courts were disrespected.

CJP gave these re marks while presiding over a two members bench of Supreme Court (SC) Lahore registry during the course of hearing of suo motu case of Rs 6o billion losses in Railway here Saturday.

CJP further remarked “ Khawaja Saad Rafiq should come to rostrum and he should bring with him grains of iron.

Khawaja Saad said “ you are our chief just ice too. This statement was not for you but it was meant for political rivals.

CJP remarked “ the time has gone when the courts were disrespected. We summon record of all your speeches. Tell us about loss. How much loss has been caused to Railway so far. You will have to keep silent unless the court says. You will keep standing here as long as we say.

On rejection of his plea for speaking Khawaja Saad Rafiq said if I have not to be heard then I go away.

CJP remarked “ we know with what intention you have come. If you go we will initiate contempt of court proceedings.

CJP inquired from Khawaja Saad Rafiq “ several incidents took place in your tenure. How many people were martyred in military train accident.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq told that 17 army personnel were martyred. This incident took place due to overspeeding by driver.

CJP remarked “ you have shifted all the responsibility to the shoulders of the driver.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq said “ I have come here to show my performance rather than making any political speech. We appointed DG legal in Railway on merit.

CJP remarked “ no one will allow you to deliver political speech. If you do good work we will appreciate you. You know what was your body language at the place where you had gone a few days back.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq said “ I have relatives there. I had gone there to take tea. Taking tea with my relatives is my right.

CJP remarked “ if you keep silent it will be better for you. Otherwise all will come to know where had you gone. I know you had gone to take what type of tea. I am doing Jehad . How much big faces you may bring, I will hear what is based on merit. Leave aside political talks. Come to the performance of Railway otherwise I will send you contempt of court notice directly.

Railway minister said “ you are our chief justice. You should give me a chance to speak. I am son of Khawaja Rafiq Shaheed. I am toeing the line of my father.

CJP remarked “ I respect highly of Khawaja Rafiq Shaheed. I have done Jehad along with him. I know how much you are toeing the line of your father.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq said “ we are treading on his path. I remained in jail in connection with the movement for restoration of independent judiciary.

CJP remarked “ may be you will have to go to jail again.

Saad Rafiq said “ it does not matter. I have been put in jail twelve times earlier.

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