The Chief Justice ended his silence since the Panama decision and responded to the constant criticism the court has been the target of from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).
Addressing the opening ceremony of New Judicial Year 2017-18, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar reminded the public that the judges do not write judgments to settle scores but hand them out as an aspirational symbol of justice.
These statements come after a month of increased verbal attacks on the judiciary and the Supreme Court, especially by PMLN and Nawaz Sharif. In a rally campaigning for her mother’s seat in NA-120, Maryam Nawaz called the July 28th Panama decision of the Supreme Court a “joke” and underwhelmed the importance of the judiciary, saying it as the “people’s court” that mattered.
To truly bring justice, PML- N should not focus on technicalities and loopholes in the Panama judgment but attempt to solve the very real and structural issues that the judiciary faces and that were outlined in the judgment itself.
Perhaps Nawaz should heed his former Interior Minister’s advice and go about in his struggle for justice without attacking the emblem of justice in the country.
After this statement, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the review petitions filed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and finance minister Ishaq Dar, challenging his disqualification in the Panama Papers scandal.
The court had reserved its verdict on the review petitions after the lawyers for all petitioners completed their arguments earlier in the day.
It seems that verbal attacks of Judiciary resulted in the dismissal of the Nawaz Sharif’s plea because Judiciary might be adamant that if Nawaz Sharif does not accept the verdict what is the need to file an appeal in the court?