ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday directed the authorities to arrest those involved in putting up anti-judiciary banners in the Red Zone of the federal capital, and directed them to submit a report to the apex court by Wednesday.
A two-member bench of the apex court comprising of justices Jawwad S Khawaja and Ejaz Afzal heard the petition regarding display of posters and banners in the capital against the top judiciary. Justice Khawaja remarked that despite the presence of several police pickets in the capital it was surprising that none of them noticed the culprits. Deputy Attorney General Khawaja Ahmed Hassan told the court that the painter of the banners has been arrested, but the man who ordered them, named Muhammad Rashid, was still at large.
To Justice Afzal’s inquiry as to how many persons were responsible for displaying the anti-judiciary banners in the capital, the deputy attorney general told the court that the matter was yet under investigation and admitted that they had been unable to nab the culprits so far. Terming it a mysterious action Justice Khawaja said if the deputy attorney general was not familiar with the facts then he should consult the interior secretary and inspector general of police. “Where are the culprits and for what purpose were the CCTV cameras installed during the polls?” he asked.
Justice Khawaja said that during the previous hearings of the case Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt had informed the court that the “mastermind” of the act was arrested and three other suspects have also been nabbed and were being interrogated. The top court directed the authorities to ensure the arrest of every individual involved in the crime of maligning the top judiciary through the display of anti-judiciary banners and posters in the federal capital.
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