CJP’s concerns

DURING hearing of the case for disqualification of PTI leader Jehangir Khan Tareen on Thursday, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed concerns over television talk shows, stating that observations of the bench members and their remarks should not become the subject of discussion on these shows. He added that the apex court had shown extreme restraint and caution, and disclosed that he was receiving text messages stating that the SC’s honour and dignity was at stake.
What the worthy Chief Justice has pointed out is nothing new and has been going on for the last three years in different high profile cases. There were times when debate on an under trial case was not allowed even in Parliament on the ground that the matter was sub judice. But now not to speak of comments on electronic and in print media, lawyers and political leaders of the two sides of a case spend more time in discussing the merits and de-merits of the case outside the court premises than before the bench inside. And in doing so all limits of decency and fair-play are crossed, affecting and moulding public opinion on the issues involved with serious repercussions for the case, its outcome and reaction after announcement of the verdict. CJP says judges have demonstrated restraint and tolerance and that is the real problem. There should be clear lines between dissemination of information and political propaganda.

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