Prime Minister Imran Khan firmly believes in the supremacy of the Constitution and also the importance of ensuring rule of law and across-the-board accountability in Pakistan.
This was stated by the PM’s special assistant, Firdous Ashiq Awan, on Thursday afternoon, a day after the highest was publicly rebuked by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa because of his recent not-so-veiled complaint of the judiciary.
In a series of tweets, Firdous said the whole nation was aware of that the Supreme Court had declared’sadiq’ and’ameen’ and that was proven to be dishonest and unfit for public office.
She also criticised the opposition for”attempting to influence” the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and its proceedings in the case regarding foreign funding of the judgment Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
“The PTI stands firm on its own assertions. Unlike others, we will face these distress and not attempt and evade accountability,” she tweeted.
The special assistant’s remarks on the supremacy of law would likely be viewed as an attempt to smooth over matters following CJP Khosa’s powerful statements on Wednesday.
The prime minister is visibly unhappy with the Lahore High Court (LHC), which earlier this week overruled a government requirement for former premier Nawaz Sharif to submit a multibillion-rupee indemnity bond for permission to fly abroad for medical treatment.
And the maximal appealed to the CJP Khosa and his successor on Monday to”reestablish” the public’s trust in the judiciary.
“I do not want to comment on the particular case [of Nawaz Sharif], which the prime minister had referred to however he [PM] will be aware that he gave [Nawaz] consent to go abroad.
“That’s why he should refrain from making such statements. No one is perfect. Don’t compare us with the judiciary which had been around before 2009,” said Justice Khosa, who is set to retire next month.
Talking with regard to the LHC arrangement, Justice Khosa said:”There was only debate on modalities of this matter [Nawaz Sharif’s departure ] before the LHC. Do not taunt us about powerful individuals as no one is powerful before the court. Just the law is powerful.”
He said the judiciary is independent as a consequence of the 2009 lawyers’ motion, and working in accordance with the law and the Constitution.
He reminded that the post-2009 judiciary was the one which had convicted one prime minster [Yousuf Raza Gilani] and disqualified another [Nawaz Sharif] and was shortly going to decide the high treason case against a former army leader [General Pervez Musharraf].
After the CJP’s address, PM Imran issued instructions to all government spokespersons to refrain from responding to Justice Khosa’s remarks.
Presiding over a meeting of government spokespersons at the PM Office, the maximal maintained that the Sharif family stood unmasked in front of the nation.
“The entire nation is watching. He [Nawaz] could not even show the ownership of the flat he’s residing in there,” said Imran.
“The authorities allowed Nawaz to leave in light of his medical reports and on humanitarian reasons,” he added.
The prime minister reiterated that the authorities accepted that the court’s decision to allow the ailing Sharif family patriarch to fly abroad without submitting an indemnity bond to the interior ministry.
PM Imran vowed no let-up within his anti-graft drive, saying that he’d continue his fight against the”corruption mafia” even though he had to get it done alone.
“The government won’t create any barriers in the accountability process. I strongly believe in accountability and nobody involved in corruption ought to be spared, whether they are part of their resistance or the government.”
The prime minister said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was an independent association and might hold anyone accountable. “Whoever has looted the nation’s wealth ought to be taken to the task regardless of who they are and NAB should carry out across-the-board accountability.”