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SC gave no response to 13 Justice Department letters, NA said


National Assembly lawmakers were told on Monday that the Supreme Court and the Federal Judicial Academy have yet to respond to 13 letters from the Justice Department requesting answers on the name and number of cities where model courts were currently working.

In response to questions posed by MP Tahira Aurangzeb, Law and Justice Minister Farogh Naseem said the information was not available at the ministry as the establishment of the model courts was not the initiative of the federal government.

The Minister of Justice said that the courts are administered by the Supreme Court and that the Registrar of the Supreme Court and the FJA were requested to provide the requested information through 13 letters sent between February 7, 2020 and the 2 August 2021.

While mentioning all the dates when the letters were sent to the High Court and the FJA in the response, the Minister said that once the information is received, the same will be provided to the National Assembly. On the floor of the house, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari said the model courts had been set up by the Supreme Court, adding that the Ministry of Justice had sent 13 letters to the court supreme and to the FJA but “unfortunately” has not yet received. no answer.

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“We will share the information as soon as it is received,” Bokhari said, “we want to give [the information] but we cannot instruct the Supreme Court; we can only ask in our capacity.

“It is regrettable that the institutions of the state adopt such an attitude,” lamented the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Naveed Qamar, speaking after Bokhari.

“All the institutions including the judiciary, the army, the government work within the framework of the constitution,” Qamar said, adding that not answering an innocuous question and saying “we won’t give answers” was inappropriate.

Referring to the number of letters already written, he predicts that the answer will not come. “You will have to establish the writing of the state,” Qamar asked NA President Asad Qaiser, saying who the information will be given to if not in parliament.

“If the Supreme Court gives an order and parliament says we don’t accept that, then that would be appropriate,” Qamar said while explaining what happens when such an attitude is taken. Under the constitution, he said, questions posed by parliament must be answered. He then urged the speaker to intervene in the matter and bring it to a logical conclusion.

“I will speak to the Attorney General about this; he should go to the supreme court,” Qaiser replied before giving the floor to the prime minister’s adviser on parliamentary affairs, Dr Babar Awan.

“Primarily, the respected member is right that all institutions should be accountable and provide answers,” Awan agreed, saying “the right to know is fundamental right after the 18th Amendment,” Awan asked the president. to convey the sentiment of the House to the Attorney General. as well as the clerk of the Supreme Court and ask the clerk to answer these questions.

The Supreme Court and the Federal Judicial Academy did not send answers to questions from February 2020 to August 2021, Aurangzeb joked, adding “I hope the answer to my questions will come during the term of this assembly.”