ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday expressed annoyance over the failure of apprehending the culprits involved in displaying anti-judiciary banners in the Red Zone area of the federal capital and sought updated report by Wednesday pertaining to the arrest of the real culprits.

A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Ejaz Afzal heard a civil miscellaneous application filed by Taufiq Asif, former president High Court Bar Association, Rawalpindi, regarding display of posters and banners in Islamabad against the judiciary.

Deputy Attorney General Khawaja Ahmed Hussain while appearing before the court submitted that they have failed to trace out Muhammad Rasheed, the man who ordered for the banners. He informed the court that the two painters, who had prepared the banners, have been arrested. They told the investigation team that one Muhammad Rasheed had ordered them for those banners. The deputy attorney general sought adjournment, saying that Attorney General was in Lahore.

Justice Ijaz Afzal inquired if only two persons were responsible for that act. The deputy attorney general replied that they were investigating the matter but failed to nab the responsible persons. Upon that the judge asked the DAG if he was unaware of the culprits then he should have contacted the interior secretary and inspector general of Islamabad police.

Justice Jawad S Khawaja observed that they have no concern with the contemptuous matter inscribed on the banners but were concerned how the security was breached in the Red Zone of Islamabad. He said that CCTV cameras have been installed on every pool of the city, questioning as to whether any recording was found in this regard. He further said that there were many checkpoints in the federal capital, adding that his car was also being stopped like other vehicles, asking about the destination then why the displaying of banners was not stopped by the authorities concerned.

Justice Khawaja said that on last hearing Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt in compliance with the court’s order of May 26, 2014, submitted the reports of interior secretary and DG Intelligence Bureau (IB), stating that three persons namely Shafique Butt, Muhammad Nazar and Muahmmad Waqar were being interrogated by police after registering an FIR No. 234/14.

The attorney general had, however, sought time to investigate the matter after apprehending more accused of displaying anti-judiciary banners and posters in Islamabad and pledged that investigation would be completed as early as possible.

Meanwhile, the court directed to arrest the person involved in breaching the security of Islamabad and submit an updated report by Wednesday and adjourned the hearing.

Similarly, the said bench while hearing the application filed by Advocate Taufiq Asif regarding contemptuous programme against judiciary aired by ARY TV adjourned it for June 23.

Justice Khawaja said that the said application will be sent to Chief Justice of Pakistan to fix before the bench, already constituted for hearing the matter saying that as the said programme focused on him that’s why he is sending the application to chief justice to place the matter before the said bench wherein he was not the member of the said bench.

Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani had already constituted a three-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan, justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Mushir Alam and the said bench would resume hearing into the instant matter on June 23, 2014.

During the hearing, Taufiq Asif advocate and Sheikh Ahsenuddin advocate told the court on Friday that they have taken personal interest in the instant matter to protect the dignity and honour of the judiciary. Taufeeq Asif told the court not only anti-judiciary programme was aired but a campaign has also been launched against the judiciary. He informed the court that still there were thousands of posters and banners being displaying on various avenues and various markets in Rawalpndi Saddar.

During the hearing Justice Ijaz Afzal said that their eyes were not closed and their hands were not tied, adding that they were examining the instant matter and would take prompt action in accordance with law.