PM Abbasi calls on CJP for one on one meeting

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held a rare one-on-one meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar at the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening, Radio Pakistan reported.

Abbasi reportedly reached the court without his usual prime ministerial protocol.The prime minister reaching  the court without protocl  was welcomed by the chief justice at the doorstep of the apex court upon his arrival.

.According to the media sources, the meeting was held at the request of PM Abbasi while an official press release is expected to be issued soon by the SC’s information department. The meeting lasted for two hours.

Later a handout was released, which says that though the meeting was held in a pleasant environment, the premier informed the chief justice about the issues federal board of revenue and tax department is facing ‘on account of pendency of litigation involving revenue in different Courts’.

“The chief justice assured the Prime Minister that he will look into the matter and such litigation shall be fast tracked,” the statement said. “The Honourable Prime Minister also informed the Honourable Chief Justice that the Council of Common Interest (CCI) had approved the water policy which will help in fruition of Honourable Chief Justice’s efforts in that direction.” The Supreme Court said that PM Abbasi pledged full support for public interest litigation initiatives undertaken by the chief justice.

Last month, the prime minister took the PML-N’s row with judiciary to the parliament and called for an ultimate debate as to who has the final say in legislation. He had criticised the judicial activism, alleging that it was badly affecting the functioning of his government.

Responding to those remarks, the CJP had said: “Parliament is supreme but there is also the Constitution above it.” He had made it clear that the parliament could not make any laws that are in violation of the Constitution.

Several PML-N leaders, including ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, are facing cases in the country’s courts for their remarks regarding the judiciary.

The contempt cases have not deterred Sharif, who has continued his criticism of the judiciary and said that judicial reforms will be one of the main items in his party’s manifesto for the upcoming General Elections.

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