ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday advised the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) to remain ‘neutral’ as lawyers will only be able to contribute then.
The minister made the remarks through his official Twitter handle, following the third Asma Jahangir Conference held on Saturday, which was addressed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) and other senior judges.
Fawad said that the conference “concluding with speech by an absconder [former premier Nawaz Sharif was] nothing but a contempt of judges and judiciary.”
The minister mentioned that he was also invited to give a speech at the conference but after learning that an “accused fugitive” was concluding the speeches, he turned down the invitation.
“Obviously, this is tantamount to mocking the country and the constitution,” the minister wrote on Twitter.
Fawad further asked to “get the list of major cases of Iftikhar Chaudhry’s court out. Hamid Khan, along with two or three others, are the lawyer in every case.” He claimed that these lawyers made large sums of money under the name of judicial freedom.
The minister also accused Nawaz Sharif of sending bags full of cash to the former chief justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif during the Lawyer’s Movement.
Earlier, during the conference held in Lahore, CJP Gulzar Ahmed rubbished the notion of any “institutional pressure” on the judiciary, saying that courts were functioning independently.
Justice Gulzar maintained that the impression that the courts were not independent and operating under pressure of the institutions was incorrect.