Pak SC asks does East Pakistan’s situation exist in Punjab nowadays?

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Supreme Court has critically commented over the prevailing situation and said that due to misdeeds of members of the society, the corruption in every section of life is being experienced. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad has remarked no wrong work can be done without the connivance of administration.

He further remarked has government taken action against Steel Mills administration. If mill is closed then why the administration has been employed therein. A closed mill needs no MD or Chief Executive. Steel Mills administration and officers are burden on national kitty. All the officers be removed from the mill before removing the other employees.

CJP Gulzar Ahmed

He expressed these remarks while presiding over two members bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of the case pertaining to promotion of Steel Mills employees.

The counsel took the plea there were over 1800 officers and now only 439 have been left. Steel Mills daily expenses have been reduced from  Rs 20 million to 10 million now. 49 percent employees have been laid off so far and court’s permission is needed for laying off the remaining employees. We cannot lay off the employees without the permission of labor court.

CJP remarked will mill become functional after changing the administration. The steel mills in all the countries except Pakistan are running in profit. When mill is closed then 439 officers are doing what therein. No payment will be made to any employee from today. Who will pay back steel mills loan of Rs 212 billion?  We will give order to lay off the remaining 3700 employees of steel mills today. 390 out of 437 officers will also be laid off today.  We will order for locking up the steel mills from today.  The steel mills is not existing practically.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked the steel mills is not functioning but the employees are demanding promotions.

The CJP while addressing the lawyers of steel mills remarked you are getting fee of what thing. How the cases have to be dealt it should be told to Steel Mills. It is not job of court to rescue the mill.

The court has issued notices to minister for privatization and minister for planning and summoned them on next hearing. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till February 09.

Justice Qazi

Justice Qazi Faez Isa of Supreme Court (SC) has remarked everyone who supports government is being termed as patriotic and everyone who is opposing government is being dubbed as traitor.

Expressing annoyance over dissolution of local governments before time by Punjab government Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked Punjab government murdered the democracy by dissolving the local governments. It happened so during martial law regime but it was not heard during democracy ever before.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa

He further remarked Punjab government violated the constitution openly by dissolving local government. This way they will continue to dissolve the government till the government of their own choice comes. The country was created for democracy and when democracy was lost then half of the country was lost. Media is repeatedly saying they don’t know who has lifted whom.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa questioned from media men present in the court that the journalists who think media is free in the country should raise their hands. Not a single journalist raised the hand.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked I feel no hesitation in saying that media is not free. How the media is being controlled in the country and how the real journalists are being thrown out. The country is being devastated in organized manner. When media stands destroyed then the country stands destroyed.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan

Justice Maqbool Baqir remarked “the judges should avoid talking in this way. But what should we do as the situation in the country is not ideal? For how long we will remain silent.

A two members bench of SC presided over by Justice Qazi Faez Isa took up the case for hearing Thursday.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked the burden for holding LB polls was on the federal government but federal government is shifting the responsibility to Election Commission (EC).

He further remarked “how surprising it is that country is running this way. Everyone is counting his problems. But no one is there to find out solution to these problems.  Has PM convened meeting on this matter and found any solution? Why the Local governments were dissolved? Government encroached upon the rights of the people. What was its reason.  EC and its members said it was unconstitutional step. The dictatorship is not in place in the country that the institutions be dissolved.

Justice Maqbool Baqir

Is Punjab to be treated the way treatment was meted out to East Pakistan; The people of Punjab were deprived of their rights.

Justice Maqbool Baqir remarked one of the reasons for delaying LB polls in Sindh is that population of Karachi has been shown half in the population census. Such things were done by the dictators. Mood can also be reason for dissolving the local governments. If mood is not good then the local governments be dissolved.

Attorney General (AG) took the plea that Council for the common interests has to see the matter of population census. Federal government had set up a committee with reference to objections over the population census. The committee said the current populations census be considered final. Provinces have sent some objections on the directive of the committee.  The matter has been referred to the parliament for reconciliation. Decision has been taken to open five percent blocks to remove the objections.  Other provinces too have objections over population census.  He said that it is fact that the country is in a state of war.

The counsel Roy Nawaz Kharal prayed the court that 2 million people of Gilgit-Baltistan want to be party in the case.  GB people are being deprived of their rights since the last 12 years.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa directed him to file separate petition. The hearing was adjourned till March 01.