Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has said that it weren’t the courts that allowed ailing former prime minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif to leave the country and PM Imran Khan should refrain from making such statements.

“The PM should not blame the courts for Nawaz’s departure by saying we wrapped up the case of an influential person because, for us it is only the law that is all-powerful,” the top judge said while addressing a gathering in Islamabad.

He said that the premier had mentioned “powerful and the weak” in his speech without realising that the judiciary had wrapped up around 3.6 million cases of those who were neither powerful nor influential.


CJP Khosa further said that both the powerful and the weak were equal for the judiciary and these were the same courts that had sentenced one PM and disqualified another.

“Only the law is powerful to us,” the top judge said, adding that he would not comment over any subjudice matter unlike the premier, but “whoever left the country was allowed by PM Imran himself”.

“Another verdict is about to come,” he said in what appeared to be a hint at the forthcoming ruling on former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf’s high-treason case.