Courts are not enemies, but friends, CJP tells Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday has appeared before the Supreme Court (SC), in a case pertaining to the hike in fees of identity cards for expatriates.


During the hearing Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the courts are friends of the public and government not their enemies.

A three-member bench, headed by the CJP Saqib Nisar, hearing a suo motu case has summoned Ahsan Iqbal regarding the government charging extra fees for the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

As hearing starts CJP asked Ahsan Iqbal if he is angry for summoned.

“Where will we go after getting angry. We respect the courts that’s why i am here,” Iqbal responded.

Ahsan Iqbal informed CJP about a case in his hometown ‘Narowa’l which couldn’t be build owing to a stay order of the high court being in force for seven years.

THE CJP assured Saqib Nisar of resolving the matter and has summoned details from Lahore High Court (LHC).

These remarks were made during a conversation between CJP Nisar and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

Iqbal assured the top court to submit a report in two weeks and he will get the issue resolved by the federal cabinet during its next session.

The court then adjourned the hearing for two weeks.


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