‘Courts blamed for flawed police investigations’

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From Abid Usman

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Dogar on Tuesday expressed displeasure over non-compliance of police with court orders in separate cases, observing the negligence was rendering the courts ineffective.
“People don’t make comments against other institutions but only the image of courts is tarnished,” Justice Dogar said. “The image of the judiciary is being tarnished, courts are blamed and victimised [for police’s negligence] but people are not aware of the loopholes left in cases by the police [during the investigation].”
All courts function within the legal framework, he explained. Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani, Lahore police chief Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, and other police officials were also present during the hearing.
In various cases, Justice Dogar had passed orders that the police had failed to carry out. During the proceeding, IGP Ghani said the future orders would be implemented in letter and spirit. Concluding the hearing, Justice Dogar ordered Ghani to submit a report with a list of all orders that were complied with and those that weren’t.
On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday requested the Lahore High Court (LHC) to turn down a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) request “with special costs” on account of “being frivolous and vexatious”. The dirty money watchdog approached the high court in March for the cancellation of her bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) corruption case.
In November 2019, the high court granted post-arrest bail to Maryam in the said reference but directed her to surrender her passport as the prosecution feared she might flee the country. In its petition, the agency said since her bail, Maryam had been “continuously attacking state institutions” through her statements on media and social media.