Deportation contempt of court, say retired judges: It’s according to law: AGP
LAHORE: Retired superior court judges on Monday called former premier Nawaz Sharif’s deportation “contempt of court”, and said the government considered the judiciary its “rival”.
They said the government had added “a new chapter of illegality” into the constitutional history of Pakistan.
Contempt of court proceedings could be initiated against those who ordered the exile and arrested Nawaz, they said. Justice (r) Tariq Mahmood said the government’s “illegal step” had tarnished the SC’s sanctity.
He said it appeared that there was no law and order in Pakistan as SC verdicts were being flouted, adding that the government had disappointed the nation. Justice (r) Fakharunisa Khokhar said if there was any case against Nawaz he should have been tried in the court. She also called the deportation contempt of court.
“Pakistani laws were above every pact. The Saudi government has nothing to do with Pakistani’s internal matters,” she said. Justice (r) Zahid Hussain Bukhari said the re-exile was a violation of the SC verdict and it was also against Articles 15 to 19 of the Constitution.
“It is a basic right of every citizen to live in his country without any restriction. The government has violated Nawaz’s rights,” he said.
Attorney General for Pakistan (AJP) Justice (r) Malik Qayyum justified the government’s step, saying that whatever the government did with Nawaz was “according to the law”.
He said the government obeyed the SC order by letting Nawaz land in the country without restrictions, adding that the government had not committed any contempt under Article 204 of the Constitution. rana tanveer