ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court , accepting the police investigation report, yesterday disposed of the case of displaying banners in the Red Zone of the federal capital against the ex-CJP.
According to the Islamabad police report, no evidence came on record to link the involvement of officials of any department in displaying the objectionable banners against former chief justice Jawwad S Khawaja last year.
The report, however, mentioned 12 accused – Muhammad Nasir, Muhammad Shafique, Muhammad Rashid, Tariq Mahmood (printer), Mubashir Luqman, Rao Awais Mehtab, Danial Luqman, Muhammad Naveed Sheikh, Adeel Ahmad, Muhammad Shoib, Afifa Rao and Salman Iqbal, CEO of a TV channel.
Petitioner Taufiq Asif, former LHCBA president, Rawalpindi bench, opposed the report and said, “This is poor performance on the part of the police as they had not recorded the statements of the policemen who had performed duty at Red Zone at the time when the banners were displaced,” he added.
Taufiq asserted the issue is of the country’s integrity and questioned whether the court would react this way if tomorrow something happened to the prime minister or the head of the state. Justice Ejaz Afzal, heading a three-judge bench, said two prime ministers were killed, but there was no outcome. He asked Taufiq if he knows who had displayed the banners. The former LHCBA president said this was not his job.
The court took up the case of the banners that had popped up in the Red Zone area and different parts of the capital on the night of May 22, 2014. The banners, sponsored by an unknown organisation, later identified as ‘Farzand-i-Islam’, contained slanderous allegations against former Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja.
Islamabad IGP Tahir Alam, during one of the hearings of this case in April, claimed the main accused behind the display of defamatory banners had links with the country’s premier intelligence agency.
Deputy Attorney General Sajid Illyas Bhatti earlier said the total number of the accused was 12. Justice Ijaz Chaudhry it does not make any difference when there is no substance in the report. Justice Ejaz Afzal questioned if the government was satisfied with this investigation.
The court observed according to the report, the police possibly did what it could do and disposed of the case as nobody had been nominated in the report.