The Supreme Court, which on Thursday resumed hearing of petitions against the recently-enacted contempt of court law, observed that it was the job of judges to give a verdict, adding that the whole system would not be threatened if one law was struck down. The chief justice also added that it was not the court's concern who was not letting parliament function and that the legislature and judiciary were doing their own respective jobs.
Four key clauses of the new contempt law, currently facing challenge in the Supreme Court, appear to be areas of major concern for lawyers as well as the apex court as they impinge hard on the independence of judiciary and dilute the powers of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The judges, forming part of the five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, have also passed remarks and comments on the controversial clauses, whose stay in the statute book seems unlikely in the opinion of legal experts.
The judiciary should have complete independence and be kept away from personal likes and dislikes, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said Thursday while talking to In-Charge MQM International Secretariat Mustafa Azizabadi and Joint In-Charge Muhammad Ashfaq.
Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan observed on Thursday that the federal government had framed the contempt law to protect its own interests and was paying little attention to legislation for public interest.