Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah stated on Wednesday if the people whose instances are being affected by the audio leak have no real interest in bringing the matter to the court docket then why ought to the court docket examine the authenticity of the clip.
The chief justice made these remarks whereas listening to the maintainability of a plea in search of the formation of a fee to probe the audio leak of former chief justice Saqib Nisar whereby he may very well be heard giving directions to condemn Nawaz Sharif.
The petition was filed by Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) President Salahuddin Ahmed and Judicial Commission of Pakistan member Syed Haider Imam Rizvi.
During the listening to, Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan stated that is the ”season of harassing and intimidating the judiciary”. He stated audios and movies had been being launched to save lots of one individual, including that it is a “proxy war”.
The AGP stated the complete judiciary was being focused for an individual whose appeals in opposition to conviction are being heard by the excessive court docket. He was referring to the appeals of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, in opposition to the conviction in corruption instances.
The AGP stated it appeared like a “proxy petition”, including that it mustn’t appear like the petitioners filed this petition at somebody’s behest. AGP Khan stated the plea referred to the occasions in 2017, including that if the petitioner wished an investigation into the previous occasions then why “should we go only till 2017? Let’s go to [the tenure of former PM] Zulfikar Ali Bhutto”.
At this, the SHCBA president stated the AGP was making an attempt to distract the court docket relating to the matter at hand by saying both there must be accountability for the previous 70 years or there must be none in any respect. He questioned the logic behind linking the present plea to the accountability of the previous 70 years.
He stated that the formation of a fee to probe the audio clip was crucial to revive confidence within the judiciary.
The petitioner additional stated the courts had been being discredited by such leaks, including that the court docket should examine this to place an finish to the controversy surrounding the judiciary.
Justice Minallah remarked that within the present age of expertise, it was very simple to make somebody’s audio or a video clip. “Anyone can come to the court with an audio clip demanding an investigation.”
The IHC CJ puzzled how will the probe into the audio have an effect on the related appeals being heard by this court docket.
The petitioner stated because the court docket was already listening to a case pertaining to the leaked affidavit it will probably additionally take up the plea for the probe into the audio clip.
The IHC CJ stated the one that signed this affidavit has come to the court docket. “Those whose cases are linked to this court, if they don’t have interest in coming to the court then why should the court take up this issue,” the IHC CJ replied.
The listening to of the case has been adjourned until Dec 24.