PM orders inquiry over mishandling at court

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday ordered Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz to hold an inquiry into the disruption caused by security officials after judge of Special Court (Central-I) Ijaz Hassan Awan and others complained of being harassed by security officials.

The order came after the judge complained his car was intercepted and others were stopped from entering the court premises.

The judge was hearing the pre-arrest bails of Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz in the money laundering case.

During the morning hours, after the arrival of the prime minister at the court premies, that gate was closed by security personnel and litigants, lawyers, court staffers, and journalists were not allowed inside.

During the court proceedings, the judge expressed his dismay over the security personnel intercepting his car and staffers.

Shehbaz took the rostrum and told the court that he was also stopped by the security at the main gate.

“Mr prime minister, you are the prime minister in or outside the courtroom”, the judge remarked. “Who will take action? You have administrative control, it is also your obligation to see things and decide what sort of action may be taken in such a situation”, he furthered.

Upon this, the PM directed CM Punjab to hold an inquiry into “why or who created such a situation at court premises”.

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