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Sunday May 19, 2024

Bushra being denied justice: PTI

Raoof Hasan warned against any attempt to extend the tenure of Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa by another three years

By Our Correspondent
April 16, 2024
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan speaks to the media on February 6, 2024. — AFP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan speaks to the media on February 6, 2024. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan alleged on Monday a paralysed judicial system was denying justice to PTI founder Imran Khan’s spouse Bushra Bibi.

Accompanied by former Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister Khalid Khursheed and senior lawyer Naeem Panjutha, Raoof said that the government was intent on undermining state institutions.

Panjutah alleged the prosecution was employing delaying tactics in the Iddat case. He alleged that there was a rush to deliver verdicts before the general elections, and now the prosecution was deliberately dragging its feet during the appeal stage, knowing that the outcome of this prosecution would be the acquittal of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.

Raoof Hasan warned against any attempt to extend the tenure of Chief Justice (CJP) of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa by another three years, saying that such a move would be strongly resisted.

He made these remarks during a news conference here Monday, he alleged the reports were suggesting that the government planned to introduce a bill in the parliament to fix CJP’s tenure aimed at extending CJP’s term in office, adding the PTI would oppose such a step.

On March 30, Federal Information Minister Attatullah Tarar had categorically denied a private TV channel’s report that a proposal was being considered for giving the chief justice of Pakistan a three-year tenure He described an incident in court where a public prosecutor allegedly delayed proceedings and even threatened the judge.

Raoof condemned the Foreign Office’s weak response to Iran’s actions against Israel, accusing the government of appeasing foreign powers at the expense of national interests. He criticised the government’s failure to effectively address the Middle East situation and the conflict between Iran and Israel.

The PTI spokesperson emphasised the need for transparent investigations into incidents such as the Bahawalnagar incident. He demanded accountability for those responsible and criticised the judiciary’s handling of cases involving PTI members.

GB CM Khalid Khursheed announced that they would hold an important press conference regarding the May 9 incidents, raising serious questions about how they had occurred and the whereabouts of the police and other security personnel at that time.