Supreme Court, Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Nawaz Sharif

Former Pakistan top court judge casts ‘doubt’ over recent Supreme Court decisions

A former judge of the Supreme Court, retired Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, has said that the verdict in the Panama Papers case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will always be remembered as controversial like the case of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the 1970s.

In an interview to the Voice of America, Justice Chaudhry, who retired in December 2015, also spoke about the reference against Justice Faez Isa and narrated an incident as to how intelligence agencies interfered in the process of the appointment of judges, according to a report.

Justice Chaudhry, who had also served as the Lahore High Court chief justice before his elevation to the SC, recalled that former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, during the famous dharna in 2014 in Islamabad, had claimed that Nawaz Sharif would be ousted from power by the Supreme Court.

At that time, he said, the judges of the apex court were surprised to hear it because at that time Justice Nasirul Mulk was the chief justice and he was a “right person”. However, he said, later it was the Supreme Court which finally removed Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case in 2018.

Asked if as a judge he believed that the verdict in the Panama Papers case was right, the former judge said, “there are so many verdicts of the Supreme Court which have not been accepted by the people and they say that these decisions were not correct, like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case…… so this is also like the same case [Bhutto case]”.

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