Top judge rules out pursuing political agenda in meting out justice

  • If anyone wants to test us, now is the time: CJP

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar asserted on Tuesday that he as well as other Supreme Court judges were devoid of any political inclination in performing their duties.

“We have no political agenda but we wish that people of Pakistan should get clean water, food and basic health facilities” affirmed Justice Nisar while hearing a suo motu case regarding a hike in prices of medicines.

“I was the smallest lawyer [in stature] of the country and even now, I am the smallest judge,” declared the top judge.

Mian Saqib Nisar said the time has arrived to show that something is being done and that he simply wants people to be given their rights.

“I do not even want to touch political cases,” observed Justice Nisar, who is facing criticism, in veiled reference from former premier Nawaz Sharif and his aides, in the purview of recent judicial directives.

The judge continued that in the pensions case, the bench got the pension increased from Rs1,300 to Rs8,000 for widows so that they can at least buy a painkiller for themselves.

The CJP clarified that the court did not want anyone to bear any losses, reiterating the non-political agenda pursued by the judiciary.

“If anyone wants to test us, now is the time.” remarked the CJP.

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Earlier, last week, after barring ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif from heading PML-N, Justice Nisar justified his remarks made earlier that he was a fighter and would continue to fight.

Without referring to anyone, Justice Nisar had said that someone had objected to his remarks and clarified that he was fighting against the social menace.

Admitting that the superior judiciary had detracted from its direction, the CJP noted that “it was never too late to set the direction right”.

He also said that it was a fault on the part of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) — headed by the chief justice himself — for the delay in deciding the references against judges of the superior courts.