Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: On the complaint of Babar Awan, the Chief Justice asked the Information Minister to explain her statement, otherwise face the consequences.
During hearing the suo motu on encroachments and environmental degradation in the capital’s Bani Gala locality on Sunday, Imran Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan told the court that Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb could be hearing terming Imran Khan ‘Ladla of Supreme Court’.
Upon this, the chief justice remarked that the minister would have to appear before the court and explain her statement, otherwise face the consequences.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) esserted that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is not ‘Ladla’ of Supreme Court in any way, adding that the top court has not given Imran Khan any concession at any point.
“I challenge anyone concerned to prove me wrong,” said the CJP.
Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development, who appeared before the court, said that Supreme Court did not give any concession to anyone rather the capital administration gave the permission to develop illegal buildings at Bani Gala.
“Almost 1 million people were given permission to build in Bani Gala,” admitted the minister.
The chief justice, heading a two-member bench, asked State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry why he’s giving the impression that the court went soft on Imran regarding his Bani Gala estate.
The chief justice warned of taking action against the minister if she doesn’t clarify that it was in-fact the government that permitted Imran to do carry out illegal construction in the first place.
Chaudhry then stated in court that the government gave these permissions not just to Imran but to million other residents as well. On the chief justice’s insistence, the minister cateogrically and loudly reiterated the same.
Referring to the state information minister, the chief justice questioned why Marriyum Aurangzeb is giving statements that the court gave a concession to Imran.
He also asked why “they want to bring the courts into disrepute”.