ISLAMABAD   -  The Supreme Court on Monday dropped suo moto proceedings on transfer of Pakpattan DPO after Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar tendered an unconditional apology.

Former Punjab IGP Syed Kaleem Iman, who was found to have played the role of rubberstamp in NACTA’s Khalid Dad Lak inquiry report over controversial transfer, and Ahsan Jamil Gujjar, a close friend of first lady’s former husband Khawar Manika, also tendered unconditional apologies.

Earlier, on Lak’s report which stated that the transfer orders were floated from the CM Office, the top court had made observations that the Punjab CM should be conversant of Article 62(1)(f) in the instant case and that Gujjar would be proceeded under Section 186 of PPC  for obstructing the government’s functions.

However, the court, while granting pardon to all the three, cautioned that the case will be reopened against them if such act was again committed by them.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijazul Ahsan resumed the hearing on suo moto regarding controversial transfer of DPO Rizwan Gondal on alleged political pressure following the two incidents with former husband of first lady Bushra Khan and her children in Pakpattan.

At the outset, the CJP the CM, who had representation through a counsel, and PTI for politicisation. He criticised the elected chief executive of province on the latter’s reply, wherein serious objections were raised from appointment of Lak as Inquiry Officer to observations made in the inquiry report.

He also criticised the PTI government for its political influence in encouraging the elements, who are against the rule of law. “Convey my displeasure to (the) Prime Minister,” the chief justice told provincial top law officer, sarcastically adding, “All such people have gathered to make this Naya Pakistan.”

The chief justice remarked it was being said that Buzdar will remain in the office till the completion of PTI government. “But his chief minister-ship will be subject to the judgment of this court in the instant case,” he added.  Justice Ahsan observed that the inquiry officer, Khaliq Lak, was a direct target in the reply.

The CJP expressed his anger at the kind of language used by chief minister against a responsible officer. He told AGP Ahmed Awais that the matter was being taken up lightly further adding that a top court would not itself inquire the matter.  “Instead of conceding the mistake, Lak was targeted,” remarked the chief justice.

Justice Ahsan questioned why would Lak nursed the personal grudge with the government. The reply of Gujjar on the inquiry report further displeased the chief justice and he ordered Advocate Kamran Murtaza and Ahsan Bhoon, who were representing Gujjar, to leave the rostrum. “We will not accept the leaders in the matter of rule of law,” the chief justice said.

Advocate Murtaza left the rostrum saying that he was not appearing as a leader but as a counsel of Gujjar.

The bench also lamented on the language used in the reply by Gujjar. “Now Bhoon has come to defend and all have gathered to make such Naya Pakistan,” the CJP admonished Advocate Bhoon when he tried to argue the matter.

“We will make Naya Pakistan by initiating proceedings against chief minister under Article 62(1)(f),” he remarked.

Chief justice asked the Punjab’s top law officer if he knew the punishment for interference in state matters, which Gujjar was being accused of.

 

SYED SABEEHUL HUSSNAIN