Lahore (August 23, 2017): A petition seeking accountability of judges and generals has been filed here in Supreme Court Lahore Registry.
According to the details, petition has been filed in Supreme Court’s Lahore registry to include the words sadiq and ameen (honest and righteous) to the oaths taken by judges and army generals after their appointments.
Filed by lawyer Ch. Muhammad Anwar on behalf of Barrister Zafarullah Khan of the Watan Party, the petition states that accountability is being applied discriminatory to civilians in Pakistan while judges and generals “are being sheltered and protected and considered as immune from accountability”.The higher judiciary and military courts in the country have become “sacred cows”, the petition reads, adding that the judiciary is even making rules which in certain cases are to be made by the parliament.
The petitioner also pleads the apex court to direct all the judges and the generals to declare their sources of income before the Accountability Committee. Zafarullah also asks the court to issue order to ensure that all the judges and generals prove that they are indeed ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’.
The petitioner also argued for a fresh reinterpretation of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
“From the very birth of Pakistan, [the] parliament has remained at the mercy of judiciary and dictators,” the petition says, urging the SC not to “take over the jurisdictions of parliament as it has done in Article 62(1)(f) and 63(1)(g)”.The Supreme Court had last month disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for being “dishonest” in his 2013 nomination papers.
The petition seeks the apex court’s directions to make SC judges and army officers “surrender their accountability to the public” through the parliament.
“In fact, the accountability of all the elected and selected persons is the privilege of parliamentary committees.”
The petition has been filed in the SC at a time when the government has revealed its plans to amend Articles 62 and 63 to reduce the duration of disqualification of parliamentarians under these articles. The opposition meanwhile has been divided over the issue.