ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, former first lady Bushra Bibi expressed a lack of confidence in Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Aamer Farooq.
This expression of no-confidence occurred during a hearing on a plea in which Bushra Bibi sought a private meeting with her incarcerated husband, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in Adiala Jail.
Due to her lack of trust in the Chief Justice, Bushra Bibi requested the transfer of her plea to another bench. The lawyer representing the former first lady argued before the IHC, stating that they have observed a consistent nature in the decisions made by the bench of the IHC Chief Justice.
During the hearing, the lawyer appealed to the IHC Chief Justice, requesting the transfer of all their cases to another bench. Responding to this, the IHC Chief Justice cautioned against inappropriate statements and assured that the matter would be reviewed. Subsequently, the court issued notices to the bar councils in response to Bushra Bibi’s plea.
It is worth noting that in her plea, the spouse of the PTI chief stated that, in accordance with court directives, she was granted permission to meet her husband every Tuesday.
However, she raised concerns about the presence of jail staff during these meetings, compromising the privacy necessary for discussing family matters. Consequently, she requested the court to issue directives to the superintendent of Adiala Jail to allow private meetings with the PTI chief.
Sindh Government Challenges Supreme Court’s Verdict On Military Trials For Civilians
Meanwhile, the Caretaker government of Sindh has contested the Supreme Court’s ruling against conducting trials of civilians in military courts.
On October 23, the Supreme Court (SC) delivered its verdict by a 4-1 majority in response to pleas opposing the trial of civilians in military courts. The Chairman of PTI and others approached the highest court to challenge the military trial of individuals implicated in the May 9 riots, which were sparked by the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
The plea presented by the Sindh government asserts that the SC did not thoroughly review the relevant law and circumstances.
The Sindh government has implored the superior court to suspend its verdict until a decision is reached on the review plea, particularly since the accused individuals are demanding their trials be conducted in military courts.