SC Issues Notice To Imran Khan For Using Public Property For Private Function

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The top court has sought reply from Prime Minister Imran Khan that why did he use state property for a private function where he addressed the Insaaf Lawyers Forum (ILF) on Friday last week.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa passed the order while hearing the matter.

“Convention Centre Islamabad , the public building, was for a private function which apparently had no concern with the exercise of powers and performance of functions of his office in terms of Article 248 of the Constitution. Therefore, notice be also issued to Prime Minister, Mr. Imran Khan, since the utilization by him of that public building,” Justice Isa remarked.

The bench also asked the registrar office to place the order before Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed for formation of an appropriate bench for hearing of the matter.

On Friday , Prime Minister Imran khan had addressed Insaaf Lawyers Forum and used the platform to centure the opposition leaders during a private event at Islamabad Convention Centre.

The bench stated that the authority which operates the Convention Centre should also furnish a report explaining who sought permission for the use of the centre in respect of the function, who granted the permission for the use of the centre, whether the bill was raised and payment made and, if so, by whom for the use of the Convention Centre.

The court also asked the Pakistan Bar Council, SCBA and Punjab Bar Council to assist it in the matter as it also appears to involve the integrity of the bar elections and of the office of the AG/chairman, Punjab Bar Council.

In his order, Justice Isa observed that concerns expressed by Rifaqat Shah involved serious issues, including maintenance of the integrity of public offices and the fundamental rights, including Articles 18 (freedom of trade, business or profession), 25 (equality of citizens) and 26 (non-discrimination in respect of access to public places) of the Constitution as well as the prescribed oath of office of the prime minister.

“Since the matter appears to be of ‘public importance with reference to the enforcement of any of the fundamental rights’ in terms of Article 184(3) of the Constitution, this court accordingly takes notice,” the order said, explaining why the matter was being taken by the court.

In addition, the order said, the authority which operates the Convention Centre should also furnish a report explaining who sought permission for the use of the centre in respect of the function, who granted the permission for the use of the centre, whether the bill was raised and payment made and, if so, by whom for the use of the Convention Centre. The answers to these queries should be submitted with supporting documents, the order said.

The apex court asked the Pakistan Bar Council, SCBA and Punjab Bar Council to assist it in the matter as it also appears to involve the integrity of the bar elections and of the office of the AG/chairman, Punjab Bar Council.

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