Maryam Says Imran Trying To Find 'Another Saqib Nisar' In Judiciary

Maryam Says Imran Trying To Find 'Another Saqib Nisar' In Judiciary
Reacting to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan's statement seeking 'protection' from the Supreme Court, Pakistan Muslim League - N (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has said that he was looking for 'another Saqib Nisar' to support him.

Former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar was known for his controversial decisions, which were often described as instances of judicial overreach by observers.

Earlier on Monday, Imran Khan had called on the apex court to provide 'security' to his party from police for the second long march, adding that his supporters would otherwise deal with the situation themselves.

Responding to the former prime minister's demand, Maryam Nawaz said that Imran Khan was looking for 'a Saqib Nisar' in the judiciary, adding that he also needed a contact number in the establishment because the previous one does not exist anymore.
Maryam expressed these views while addressing a gathering of the PML-N social media team earlier today (Monday).

She added that Khan was attempting to drag the judiciary to salvage his 'failed' politics. Maryam also said that Imran Khan was addressing the court as if he was giving instructions to the judges.

Earlier on Monday, Imran Khan said that he was certain that there would be firing during his party’s long march held last week, adding that the participants of the march had weapons. He went on to say that he decided to call off the march fearing violence, as the arrests of PTI workers and leaders had caused widespread anger among the protestors.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had claimed that PTI workers were planning to bring weapons to the long march. Lahore police had also claimed, ahead of the long march, that it recovered weapons from vehicles of two PTI leaders.

Last week, the former prime minister had abruptly called off his planned sit-in the capital, after reaching Islamabad from Peshawar. Party workers who had been fighting policemen and braving shelling in anticipation of a sit-in in Islamabad were disappointed when Khan never reached D-chowk despite earlier announcing that he would.

The Supreme Court had asked the party to hold its event at H-9 and not D-chowk, but Imran kept vowing to reach D-chowk — in defiance of the SC order. While he did not eventually go to D-chowk and ended the long march, the federal government sought contempt proceedings against Imran Khan for allegedly violating the SC directives. The apex court however rejected the government’s petition and said that Imran Khan may not have been duly informed about the court’s order.