Pakistan

Courts work for 24 hours, CJP says after Imran Khan’s criticism

ISLAMABAD: Courts work for 24 hours, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial said Monday in response to former prime minister Imran Khan’s question on why the courts had to open at midnight on April 9 — the night he was ousted as the prime minister.

No one needs to point a finger at the courts, CJP Bandial said during the hearing on a presidential reference seeking interpretation of Article 63A of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The top judge said: “We don’t care about what is being said on social media; [we] are the protector of the Constitution”.

A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court — headed by Justice Bandial and comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel — had resumed hearing the reference on Monday.

During the hearing, the CJP Bandial said that the SC expects political leaders to defend judicial orders in public.

The remark came in response to former prime minister Imran Khan’s recent criticism of the courts.

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Mohammad Siddique April 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Courts working 24 hours a day unless poor asking for justice then they meet once a year.

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