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SC bans using ‘sahib’ for govt officials

CJ remarked that by saying “sir” they have spoiled minds of everyone, adding official was only DSP and that too ineligible

By News Desk & Our Correspondent/online
November 16, 2023
A policeman walks past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan, on November 28, 2019. — AFP
A policeman walks past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan, on November 28, 2019. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned the use of the word “sahib” with the titles of government officials.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard the bail application of a suspect in the murder of a nine-year-old child in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, during which the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa additional advocate general (AAG) appeared in the Supreme Court.

During the hearing, the Supreme Court expressed its indignation over the quality of investigation by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa reprimanded the public prosecutor for calling a deputy superintendent of police ‘sir’.

The chief justice remarked that by saying “sir” they have spoiled the minds of everyone, adding that the official was only a DSP and that too ineligible.

Justice Isa remarked police did not work in investigations. “Supreme Court has been made court of magistrate. Is it some joke? Should there be no arguments and we go on seeing faces of lawyers merely. Was one file so much heavy that two officers brought it from KP to Islamabad. Petrol and TA DA free. While getting print from WhatsApp is costly,” he added. The court granted bail to the accused.