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- Saturday, March 17, 2007 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: The Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges on Friday expressed concern over the maltreatment and misbehaviour with chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.


The committee meeting chaired by Senator Col (retd) Syed Tahir Mashhadi discussed some privilege motions moved by members of the Upper House. The opposition senators during the meeting voiced concern over the prevailing situation and the maltreatment with Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by the police at the time of first appearance before the Supreme Judicial Council.


Leader of opposition in the Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and senators Asfandyar Wali, Dr Muhammad Ismail Buledi and the movers senators Raza Muhammad Raza, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Saadia Abbasi expressed their views on the issue.


The opposition senators also decided to stage a walk out from the meeting. The chairman of the committee facilitated the members to freely express their views, urging them however to keep with the highest traditions of the democracy and good parliamentary traditions.


He also asked the opposition members of the committee to listen to the views of the government side as well before walking out as everyone owes equal responsibility to express their views and listen to others.


Leader of the House in the Senate Wasim Sajjad, Senator Naeem Hussain Chattha and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sher Afgan Khan Niazi also expressed concern over the maltreatment and misbehaviour with the chief justice (non-functional) at the hands of police.


Chairman of the Committee said suo motu notice of the matter has been taken by the acting chief justice and expressed confidence that justice will be done. He said the matter is sub judice with the Supreme Judicial Council and cannot be discussed.