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PM Khan issues clarification on comments about Nawaz Sharif enticing judiciary

AGP says comments were made in context of 1997 attack on supreme court

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday offered a clarification about his remarks regarding Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo Nawaz Sharif courting the judiciary, stating he made his comments in context of the 1997 attack on the Supreme Court.

Khan’s response came during the hearing of a presidential reference which seeks interpretation of Article 63-A of the constitution.

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During yesterday’s hearing, the apex court had expressed reservation to the premier’s comments that he made during a rally in Punjab’s Kamalia city on Saturday. PM Khan alleged that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would divide the judiciary if he returned to the country. He went on to add that he had started doing so already.

Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel had expressed regret that the premier had alleged that attempts were being made to entice judges. Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel mused if PM Khan could refrain from “irresponsible” utterances.

Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan presented PM Khan’s response in the Supreme Court today. According to the AGP, PM Khan’s statements were made in the context of the 1997 incident. On Nov 28, 1997, the SC was attacked while the court was in session. The then chief justice and other judges were hearing a case against Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister at the time.

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The attorney general added that the prime minister had expressed his full confidence and trust in the judiciary.



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