Judges must review their remarks: Nisar

ISLAMABAD — Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has sharply reacted to remarks made by some Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, about opposition’s role in parliament during the adoption of a bill to amend the contempt of court law.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sun 29 Jul 2012, 12:27 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:39 AM

“The observations were disappointing, unfair, unjust and beyond comprehension,” Nisar said in a statement from London and released here by the party.

While hearing 27 identical petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act, 2012, the Supreme Court had observed on Wednesday that the opposition should have resisted the passage of the law in parliament instead of walking out. The chief justice, who is heading the five-judge bench, said the opposition should have stayed in parliament to resist the ruling party’s move.

“Have you ever heard of a walkout from the US Congress; what kind of conduct is this,” Justice Tasaddaq Hussain Jilani said. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain went to the extent of describing walkouts as an injustice with the electorate.

“The honourable judges venting their feelings against the opposition should enlighten us where exactly the opposition erred in coming up to their expectations,” Nisar said, adding: “While making these observations, the honourable judges should also have the trouble to elaborate how the opposition with 90 members in a house of 342 could have stopped the passage of the bill short of snatching it from the minister’s hands and creating a violent scene.”

He said the PML-N being the only opposition party not only “stood steadfast against the government’s efforts to amend the contempt law but used every political, legal and parliamentary avenue to prevent the government from bulldozing the bill through the assembly”.

“Our members made speeches, filibustered, protested, shouted and did everything short of taking up bamboo sticks in their hands to prevent the passage of the bill,” the opposition leader said.” If the government, having the support of over 200 members, is hell-bent on bulldozing a bill at all costs, there is little the opposition can do more than walking out, he said.

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