SC wraps up case on provision of funds by PM to members of assembly terming PM refutation clear, reasonable
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (Online): Supreme Court (SC) has wrapped up suo motu notice while declaring as clear and acceptable Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan refutation of the media report on provision of funds to the members of assembly.
A five members larger bench of SC presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad took up the case for hearing Thursday.
The CJP remarked during the hearing of the case that PM reply is reasonable. We are not sitting to control PM House. Judges and PM are respondents in a case.
Earlier a report signed by PM was filed in the court by finance secretary.
The Attorney General (AG) while raising objection over SC previous order on seeking reply from PM took the plea that no member of assembly can be provided development funds. It has been verified in the report that federal government has not provided any development funds to members of assembly.
Justice Omar Ata Bandial has remarked was the PM answerable in his personal capacity. PM enjoys constitutional protection. PM is answerable only when the matter relates to him. If government is answerable then PM cannot be asked. The reply was sought from the PM secretary through court’s order. The government is run through secretaries.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa while addressing AG raised the question” what objection he is raising today why he had not raised it yesterday. Some one had sent me some documents on whats app a day before. Heavy funds were issued to government allied party in constituency No NA-65. Can the funds earmarked for construction of road be provided to constituency. Is providing funds for construction of road in the constituency in line with law. We are not enemies and we are custodian of public wealth and the constitution. I hope that AG will want steps based on corruption are not taken. Is distributing envelopes PM job. PM said five years term is less. PM should resort to assembly for extension in vote. You have not perhaps listened to what I have said.
AG told that constitutional question can be raised at any level. The learned judge is giving observation since long time. What I have said has not been heard. Government will review the learned judge complaint related to whats app.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked “ I may not be called a complainant . I am only identifying. Tweets are flooding in against me. Is it not obligation of election commission to take action against corrupt practices. It is not known PM enjoys constitutional protection on political steps or otherwise. The courts have been summoning PM in the past.
The court while terming contradiction by PM of news item on provision of funds to members of assembly clear and reasonable has wrapped up the case.