A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging its move to appoint a judge to oversee the proceedings of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against former PM Nawaz Sharif and his family.
Barrister Zafrullah Khan of the Watan Party in his plea filed before the Lahore registry of the top court submitted that every citizen had the right to a fair trial.
Appointing a judge to monitor the proceedings of cases violated this right, he added.
He further submitted that every citizens reserved the right to appeal a court’s decision and the higher judiciary should ensure that everyone was granted their basic rights.
A few days ago, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar had appointed Supreme Court’s Justice Ijazul Ahsan to oversee the proceedings of the NAB references to be filed against the Sharif family and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
A notification issued on August 1 stated that Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar had nominated Justice Ijazul Ahsan as the monitoring judge to supervise and monitor the implementation of the Supreme Court’s Panama Papers case judgement that disqualified Nawaz and oversee the proceedings conducted by NAB and the accountability court.
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