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Judges are 'real lions', says Pak chief justice

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's Saqib today praised judges as "real lions" and said the court is observing patience over remarks against it, in an apparent reference to former who has been making anti-judiciary statements since his ouster last year.

Sharif, 68, is described as 'Lion of Punjab' by his supporters and the electoral symbol of his Muslim League (Nawaz) party is a lion.

"I don't know any lion. These are the real lions," Nisar, who was heading a three-member bench, said pointing towards the fellow judges.

"Respect should be shown (to us) equal to that given to elders," he was quoted as saying by Geo TV.

The made the remarks while hearing the which is based on petitions filed by senior journalists and in 2013 regarding issues faced by the media and the government's use of 'secret funds' to influence media.

Chief Justice said that the court is displaying patience, explaining that anti-judiciary slogans were raised outside the apex court on Friday after the Article 62 verdict that ruled that persons disqualified under Article 62 can never contest elections again.

Article 62, which sets the precondition for a to be "sadiq and ameen" (honest and righteous), is the same provision under which Sharif was disqualified in July last in the Panama Papers case.

Referring to the judiciary's critics, Chief Justice said that they take shelter behind women but if they had any honour they would appear in front themselves.

The chief justice also said that the wants to end the government's control over the Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and make the institution an independent one.

"There is no sword hanging over the government regarding this issue but this should be done," Chief Justice Nisar said.

During the hearing, informed the court that the government has formed a seven-member committee which will include journalists and the of the Broadcasters Association.

The committee will form a three-member panel to select an appropriate person as the of PEMRA.

The chief justice observed that it will take a lot of time for this to get done but Waqar assured that the task will be completed within three weeks.

The court then formed a to appoint the for the authority but replaced with the information secretary, saying the must be busy giving statements.

Marriyum had sharply reacted to the apex court's ruling on Friday.

"This joke has already been played on previous premiers and all 17 have faced a similar fate," she had said.

She had said that the court's "decision is the result of a conspiracy by 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'."

The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:10 IST