CJP’s remarks came during live hearing of proceedings on petitions challenging SC Practice and Procedure Act 2023

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa said Tuesday that the apex court had endorsed martial law several times in the past and many judges forgot their oath after the imposition of martial law. He further said the apex court cannot allow anyone to disrupt the country, adding that the parliament should be respected. “Everyone is just attacking the parliament.”

The CJP’s remarks on Tuesday came during the second live hearing of the proceedings on the petitions challenging the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023, the law seeking to curtail CJP’s discretionary powers. CJP Isa was heading a full-court bench — comprising 14 judges of the Supreme Court — and decided that October 9 (Monday) would be the last date of hearing and cautioned that proceedings could continue till 12am. Earlier, the top judge hinted at concluding proceedings in the day, saying too many cases are pending in the apex court. He also directed the petitioner’s counsel to complete his arguments in 10 minutes. The proceedings of the case were broadcast live by state-run PTV. The full court bench includes CJP Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Ayesha A. Malik, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Shahid Waheed and Justice Musarrat Hilali. At the last hearing, the apex court’s full court had sought replies from all parties by September 25.

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