Ongoing criticism won't lead to dishonesty, says CJP Saqib Nisar

12:58 PM | 10 Nov, 2017
Ongoing criticism won't lead to dishonesty, says CJP Saqib Nisar
ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar observed on Thursday that the ongoing spree of criticism would not compel the judges to be dishonest with their work.

Hearing a case pertaining to the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen, the CJP remarked that their (judges) restraint and patience should be appreciated.

Though the CJP did not name anyone, however, the stated that whatever has been said outside the court was not appreciated.

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The comments came days after the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif alleged that the judges of the court "hate" him.

"The hatred, anger, and words of the judges will constitute dark history," he had said after the accountability court rejected his petition to club the three references.

Disqualification Case Hearing

The three-judge bench headed by CJP resumed hearing of the disqualification case against PTI chief Imran Khan and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.

The bench did not entertain the petitioner’s plea to summon the records of Imran Khan’s 1997 nomination papers.

Akram Sheikh, counsel for Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi, argued Khan has admitted that he contested the 1997 elections, which makes it his responsibility to submit his nomination papers for that year.

The bench, however, clarified that it was the responsibility of the petitioner to submit undisputed documents for disqualification of any candidate under Article 184 (3) of the constitution.

The hearing was then adjourned till November 14.