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May 14, 2013

Polls in adverse situation good omen: CJ

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AFP
May 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked that the completion of the electoral process in adverse circumstances is a good omen.
He stated this while presiding over a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) hearing the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Secret Fund and use of secret fund in 27 other ministries case on Monday.
“Holding of the election in adverse circumstances is a good omen. We are grateful to Almighty Allah on this count. This is a matter of satisfaction that the electoral process has been completed. The situation of Balochistan and Karachi is before all of us. Accusing someone is easy but proving it is a difficult thing. No compromise can be made on national security. There are certain matters which have to be dealt with secretly,” the CJP observed.
A report in an envelope was presented from the Director General IB in the court whereby the court was informed that the IB had not paid more than Rs3 million to any journalist. The report be kept confidential as it relates to the matters of national security which cannot be made public, the IB requested.
The court granted the plea of the IB for keeping the report secret but expressed displeasure over it. The nation should be informed about the details of the public wealth which was spent, the court remarked.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked: “As many as 33 hearings have taken place but the Attorney General (AG) has not told the court for what purpose the secret fund is used in 27 ministries. Public money is not such a thing that it is spent and no account is rendered where it has been spent. We will take account of every penny. The court should be told the details about it.”
The CJP observed: “National security cannot be compromised. In certain vital matters, money can be spent secretly. A lot has to be done for the sake of national interest and sovereignty.”
The court directed the petitioner to present before it by May 15 the evidence on

utilisation of funds with reference to the IB for pulling down the Punjab government. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 15.