LAHORE - Senator Jahangir Badr, the PPP secretary-general, has expressed his concern over the reported statement attributed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) regarding the disappointment of people with respect to the government.

In a statement, Jahangir Badr said the political statements attributed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry did not seem appropriate. “As long as Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he cannot associate himself with politics,” he added.

“The honourable judges of the superior courts can participate in politics after two years of their retirement,” the senior PPP leader noted.

He said the PPP respected the judiciary and expected that the members of the superior judiciary would uphold the norms and traditions while issuing political statements.

Badr further said it was the right of the people to elect their representatives. “It is also their right to exercise their opinion by casting vote in favour or against any political party in the elections,” the PPP secretary-general further stressed.

It is pertinent to note that some circles, mostly PPP leaders and sympathisers, have repeatedly said the judiciary should not become part of political issues and accused the judges of bias, while citing some cases and remarks passed during the hearing.