PML-N to protest in Parliament against government decision to file reference against judges

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) decided to protest in Parliament against the government’s decision to file reference against judges in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). 

The PML-N’s parliamentary group which was presided over by PML-N Vice President Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Zafarul Haq met at the chamber of the opposition leader at Parliament House. 

Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanveer, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mushahidullah Khan, Rana Sanullah and other PML-N leaders were also in attendence at the meeting.

The meeting decided upon the opposition’s strategy against the government’s decision to file references with the SJC against two high court judges and a Supreme Court judge.

PML-N has decided to oppose the government’s decision with a protest in the Parliament. 

“No one is allowed to attack the judiciary,” Former National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said. “We have decided to take a formal point of view against the references filed by the government. We have every right to protest in front of us.”

A day earlier, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had said the meeting will focus on the government’s attack on the judiciary and its implications and the joint parliament advisory group’s strategy regarding it.

The SJC on Thursday issued notices for a hearing of references filed against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa and two high court judges. The SJC had issued notices to the attorney general and other stakeholders for a hearing on June 14.