CJP says author­ity to ren­der fi­nal de­ci­sion rested with SC

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry ob­served Tues­day no one should re­main un­der any delu­sion as author­ity to ren­der fi­nal de­ci­sion rested with the apex court.

He made this ob­ser­va­tion while pre­sid­ing over a 3-mem­ber bench of Supreme Court (SC) dur­ing the course of hear­ing of pe­ti­tion on me­dia role af­ter the Ab­bot­tabad op­er­a­tion.

The pe­ti­tion stated that fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent of May 2, 2011, the me­dia played a role in dis­cred­it­ing the coun­try’s ju­di­ciary and its army.

The pe­ti­tioner is seek­ing ban on me­dia for crit­i­ciz­ing the armed forces, in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and other de­fence and se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions.

Raja Ir­shad coun­sel for pe­ti­tioner ar­gued me­dia had pit­ted Army Chief and the Chief Jus­tice against each other.

Raja Ir­shad al­leged that the me­dia has brought the chief jus­tice and army chief face to face.

The Chief Jus­tice said that the Supreme Court has the fi­nal author­ity in de­ci­sion mak­ing and called for the Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari’s ar­ti­cle pub­lished in a US news­pa­per af­ter the Ab­bot­tabad op­er­a­tion.

Raja Ir­shad read the pres­i­dent’s ar­ti­cle be­fore the bench that was pub­lished in a US news­pa­per.

Later, the court in­structed the pe­ti­tioner to gather all the state­ments of for­mer Pak­istan am­bas­sador to US Hus­sain Haqqani and In­terSer­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) and ad­journed the hear­ing till Novem­ber 22.

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