A day after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz was granted pre-arrest bail by the Lahore High Court (LHC) amid much drama, the Supreme Court (SC) has taken an apparent jibe at its subordinate court.
As per the details, a three-member bench of the top court was hearing a case regarding lease of government land to private petrol pumps when Justice Azmat Saeed warned lawyers against raising their voice in the courtroom.
“This is not LHC where you can create ruckus to get the desired decision,” he remarked.
Upon this, veteran lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan reminded the top court judge that he too was a part of the LHC once.
“The existing court is not the one I left behind,” Justice Saeed said while reacting to Ahsan’s comment and cautioned him against the tone in which he was arguing before the bench.
While Justice Saeed did not clarify his remarks about the LHC, Twitterati believe the observation points towards Hamza’s bail that came amid a standoff between police and party workers.
As the PML-N leader’s counsel had sought an extension in his bail on Monday, dozens of party loyalists had gathered outside the court and left the premises only after the petition had been approved and National Accountancy Bureau (NAB) barred from arresting Hamza till April 17.
NAB is after Hamza for the past six months for allegedly accumulating assets beyond known sources of income. The claim, however, has repeatedly been denied by the lawmaker himself.