Shehbaz slams SC ‘double standards of justice’


Says steps to be taken to ensure rule of law; IK is ‘mastermind and planner’ behind attacks on military institutions

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif disapproved on Friday of the ‘double standards of justice’ meted out to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan in the cases against him, adding that the coalition government would take every step to ensure the rule of law in the country.

Chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet, he said other political leaders in the country faced trials and tough handling, while Imran was given “privileged treatment”. He termred the Supreme Court’s bail relief to him “nothing but an NRO” (National Reconciliation Order).

He remarked that if the “favourite” continued to be favoured, then all dacoits behind bars should be also released across Pakistan.

“These are the double standards that have brought about the death of justice,” he said as he expressed astonishment over the remarks of Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial during Thurday’s hearing where the top judge said that he was pleased to see Imran.

He pointed out that thousands of cases by the general public were pending before the courts while some political figures were being given special favours of bail on a priority basis.

Shehbaz criticised how similar leniency was not given to Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif or other members of the cabinet. He lamented that “no one” spoke to Nawaz about the “injustices” he suffered.