Asma Jahangir, the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and renowned jurist, on Monday criticized the role of apex court in the Arsalan Iftikhar’s case.
While speaking to the media outside Lahore High Court (LHC), the lawyer was of the opinion that the Supreme Court was not meeting the requirements of delivery of justice in the case against Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
She also rejected the appointment of Dr. Shoaib Suddle for investigating the Arsalan Iftikhar case, saying that the apex court wants to facilitate investigations of the case from its favorite as the prober has close links with junior Iftikhar.
She observed, “The Supreme Court should ask the Scotland Yard to conduct the investigation of Arsalan Iftikhar Case, if it has no confidence on the national institutions”.
Earlier, she said that the common man loses confidence on the judiciary when the courts do not give verdicts in accordance with the land of the law.
“The court should see Arsalan Iftikhar and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf with the same eye of justice. Justice should be practiced but the court should also follow some code of conduct”.
She claimed that the speed in the NRO implementation case was part of a plan, adding that it will cause a serious damage to the country and the system.
Asma Jahangir said, “I don’t support the new contempt of court law, as many of its sections are against the spirit of the constitution but restrictions cannot be imposed on the parliament taking away its right of legislation”.
The lawyer was of the opinion that the court stands by its will of sending Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf home as it did in the case of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.
She was of the opinion that the apex court claimed that the judiciary is not respected ever two prime ministers have appeared before the court.
She made it clear that she has nothing to do with the issue of writing letter to the Swiss authorities but she wants that the judiciary give its verdicts in line with the constitution.