Only take “suo moto” notice on subject of vital importance: CJP

September 11, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday asked the judges to take suo moto notice on issues of national importance.

He was addressing a ceremony in Islamabad.

The top judge said that the courts should avoid taking too much suo moto notices and also pledged to solve the matter of using authority as early as possible.

He said judiciary is committed to play its role as per the law and the constitution and that efforts are afoot to reduce the burden of pending cases. Model courts have been set up in 116 districts of the country for dispensation of instant and inexpensive justice, the apex judge added.

He said that a research center will soon be established at the Supreme Court. Number of military cases in Quetta and Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court has reached zero, he went on to say.

The chief justice further termed investigation of Supreme Judicial Council as toughest task. 

Meanwhile, The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) to hear the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) case on September 19.

The federal government had moved to the Supreme Court (SC) over Gas Infrastructure Development Cess ordinance and sought early hearing of the case.

Following the directives of the Prime Minister Imran Khan, Attorney General (AG) had filed a petition at the top court’s registrar office which sought immediate hearing of the case.

It is noteworthy to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan had decided to withdraw the ordinance on September 4 in view of the recent controversy that allowed to waive off Rs210 billions of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC).

The statement issued by the PM Office had said, “The prime minister, in the interest of transparency and good governance, has decided to withdraw the said Ordinance.”

However, the statement added that “the prime minister wishes to inform the nation that going to the court carries a risk because the decision could go either way.”

The government faced criticism in recent days for granting major discount on around Rs 420bn GIDC, payable by fertiliser plants, power plants, general industry and the CNG sector. It extended Rs 210 billion waver to the gas sector businesses under the GIDC ordinance. Agencies