An unfortunate proclivity has developed amongst some of our political leaders to make unguarded remarks about the higher judiciary, when court findings do not conform to their wishes.
Sometimes trolls sympathetic to a political party criticize judges on the social media.
The interior minister’s press conference against the findings of a judicial commission, formed by the Supreme Court on the recent Quetta carnage, seems to show this trend.
The judicial commission’s findings may not have the same finality of a judicial verdict, but it has to be accepted with great respect and solemnity. The interior minister’s aggressive handling of the judicial report at his press conference left much to be desired.
The Supreme Court is the last resort of justice in our country. If our political leaders and senior government ministers resort to debunking the findings of supreme court judges, then this does not augur well for the independence of the higher judiciary and people’s faith in it.
Akbar Jan Marwat