Islamabad (Web Desk):The National Assembly (NA) on Monday unanimously adopted a motion seeking formation of a special committee to file a reference against the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for his misconduct and deviating from oath.
The motion, which was moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, was adopted by the House.
The members included Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, Khursheed Junejo, Shehnaz Baloch, Salahuddin and Salahuddin Ayubi.
During the session, lawmakers strongly condemned arson attacks on the Lahore Corps Commanders House (Jinnah House), Radio Pakistan's Peshawar office, and damage caused to public and private properties in various parts of the country by violent protesters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Speaking on the floor of the House, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that a section of the judiciary is giving unprecedented concessions to PTI Chairman Imran Khan in corruption cases.
He suggested the House to hold discussion on the supremacy of the constitution and rule of law.
"Those who attacked the Corps Commander House in Lahore and the monuments of martyrs are enemies of the state," the minister said.
Khawaja Asif said that the trained elements of the PTI were behind these despicable acts.
He emphasized the need for expressing complete solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan.
The defence minister said that a committee of the National Assembly should be constituted to review the conduct of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP).
He said if the misconduct is proven, a reference should be filed against him before the Supreme Judicial Council as per the constitution. He said nobody can be allowed to play with the law and constitution.
Khawaja Asif said said that a section of the judiciary is not doing justice but politics, and is supporting a political group.
He said this section of judiciary is not delivering judgments in accordance with the constitution but on the basis of politics. He said the constitutional powers rested with the judiciary are being breached.
The minister emphasized that the time has come when the parliament asserts its power and sends a strong message to defend its territory.
He said a particular group of judiciary is giving unprecedented concessions and relief to PTI Chairman Imran Khan in corruption cases.
Khawaja Asif said this not only amounts to violating the constitution but also backing the one who is behind ransacking of Corps Commander Lahore residence and monuments of martyrs.
He said the nation and the system have given respect to the judiciary which should fulfil the responsibility of dispensing justice.
The defence minister said that a committee should also be formed to review the hundreds of thousands of cases pending before the courts.
Strongly condemning the violent attacks on the monuments of martyrs, Khawaja Asif said the security personnel have sacrificed their lives for our better future. He said they continue to render lives in the war on terrorism.
In his remarks, Leader of Opposition Raja Riaz strongly condemned the recent violent acts in the country. He said those who attacked the Corps Commander house in Lahore and the monuments of martyrs are enemies of the state.
He said the trained elements of the PTI were behind these despicable acts. He emphasized the need for expressing complete solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's (MQM-P) Salahuddin said that the recent violent acts are intolerable. He said the judiciary is giving concessions to PTI Chairman Imran Khan at whose behest public and private properties were ransacked.
Salahuddin Ayubi of Jamiat Ulema-e-Fazl (JUI-F) said nobody is above the law but regretted that a person who is behind the recent acts of violence and involved in corrupt practices is being provided relief by the judiciary. He said the PTI chairman wants civil war in the country.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Qadir Khan Mandokhail said the way the monuments of martyrs were desecrated and vandalized is condemnable.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the top court is the guardian of law, and hence, it should be independent and impartial.
He said the conduct of a few judges is making the apex court controversial. He also stated that a reference should be filed against the Chief Justice of Pakistan as his conduct has become a threat to the justice system.
Ahsan Iqbal said we consider the Supreme Court a sacred institution and we want to protect its impartiality and independence.
He said Al-Qadir Trust is an open and shut case of sixty billion rupees corruption against PTI Chairman Imran Khan. He regretted that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified in a fake case.
In his remarks, Khalid Hussain Magsi of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) said the recent violent acts damaged the image of Pakistan in the outside world. He said an investigation should be carried out into the excesses.
Minister for Communications Maulana Asad Mehmood said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan was imposed on this country through rigged elections in 2018.
He said we ousted him through a vote of no confidence in accordance with the constitution.
"We stand for supremacy of law and constitution, and that the rights of the people of Pakistan will be protected by the parliament," Asad said.
Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said the incidents of arson and vandalism over the arrest of Imran Khan were pre planned.
She said the PTI had hired certain elements to carry out violent acts in the country. The minister said the leaders of PPP and PML-N were arrested in the PTI government but nobody took notice of them.
"Favours are only being provided to the PTI Chairman and that too in corruption cases such as that of Al-Qadir Trust," Sherry said.
Others who spoke on the occasion included: Akhtar Mengal, Akbar Chitrali, Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh.