Govt Prepares Strategy To Remove CJ Bandial By Withdrawing Yousuf Raza Gilani's Notification

Govt Prepares Strategy To Remove CJ Bandial By Withdrawing Yousuf Raza Gilani's Notification
If the parliament's bill – which seeks to clip the powers of the Chief Justice – is impeded, the government may resort to a 'zero tolerance' measure to remove the top judge, according to journalist Imran Waseem.

The apex court is hearing Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill 2023, which aims to limit powers of the chief justice to take a suo motu notice in an individual capacity.

Waseem said that the government will swing into action if the Parliament's powers are not approved of.

In his podcast, he referred to the remarks of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, made at the Nadeem Malik Live programme.

Malik, he added, asked if the government was considering revoking Yousuf Raza Gilani's executive order of 2009, which resulted in the reinstatement of several judges, including Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

He quoted the minister as saying that it is a premier's prerogative to not just invoke an order, but also revoke it.

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"The minister was then asked categorically if the ruling coalition was mulling such an option, he replied that the Parliament or Cabinet haven't discussed the possibility so far," Waseem added.

The journalist added that such matters are not discussed in an open forum. "These are discussed behind closed doors and usually, only a few people are privy to such a development."

A day earlier, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that political parties intended to “pick and choose” the bench for “desired judgments.”

He made the remarks as SC resumed hearings on petitions contesting the parliament's bill restricting the CJP’s authority.

The top judge commented that the apex court had “reservations” regarding the bill and requested a copy of the record of the Parliament’s standing committee on judicial reforms’ debate on this issue.

Meanwhile, PTI lawyer Khawaja Tariq Rahim apprised the apex court that the judicial reform bill is now a part of the legislation.