Every one who supports government is described as patriotic, every one who is opposing government is being dubbed as traitor: Justice Qazi Faez Isa

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ISLAMABAD, FEB 04 (ONLINE): Justice Qazi Faez Isa of Supreme Court (SC) has remarked every one who supports government is being termed as patriotic and every one 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.

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 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. Every one 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.

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

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