‘Elders should behave like elders’

LAHORE – Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Pakistan has scores of judges, each of them as much capable as anyone else.

“However, our elders [judges] in the country should behave like elders,” the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz leader said.

Talking to the media in Lahore after meeting former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, the minister said his party views the judiciary with the highest possible respect, and [no one is indispensable as] Pakistan has many capable judges.

“The judges are the wisest amongst us, and the society that does not respect its elders cannot move forward. But elders should also behave like elders,” Saad Rafique remarked in reference to the recent statements by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.

On Dec 16, addressing a Pakistan Bar Council seminar, CJP had remarked that the judiciary is akin to an elder whose advice everyone seeks. “Judiciary is your baba [wise man],” he said.

“We have made all decisions independently with our conscience,” Justice Saqib remarked, adding that people should stop criticising the judiciary for verdicts against them.

Saad in his yesterday’s remarks said the propaganda about confrontation between institutions should stop, adding that the PML-N is not in favour of any clash as it knows the consequences.

“[However] we reserve the right to express our personal views about certain judgments of the court. The ruling against Nawaz Sharif has shaken the foundations of democracy to its core.”

The federal minister sought to remind the reporters present that his party workers had struggled for the freedom of the judiciary, even risking their lives in some cases.

“If we (PML-N) had not travelled from Gujranwala to Gujrat at the time, our government in Punjab would probably have been restored. But everyone is witness to the fact that we have never stepped out of the bounds of the mandate given to us by the people.”

The federal minister also gave the message on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday, paying tribute to the founder of the country.

Saad said that people brought the PML-N into power thrice, but a farce was made out of the people’s decision.

He further said that today is the day dedicated to democracy and the PML-N will continue to strive for the supremacy of the constitution.

The federal minister said that Pakistan will have to respect the democratic principles and it is the time to solve persisting issues with harmony.

The minister said that the country is facing financial issues as it is in ‘reverse mode’.

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