CJ summons AG after govt reaction over judges' remarks

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, through a statement, criticised the judges for their remarks given earlier in the day in which they censured the representatives of the government for trying to 'politicise' the probe into the Sharif family's offshore assets exposed in the Panama Papers. 
The PML-N government, through a statement, criticised the judges for their remarks given earlier in the day in which they censured the representatives of the government for trying to 'politicise' the probe into the Sharif family's offshore assets exposed in the Panama Papers. 
The rift between the federal government and judiciary created after Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nehal Hashmi's controversial speech seems to have deepened. On Friday, the attorney-general appeared in the chamber of Chief Justice Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.
Justice Nisar has taken suo moto notice of the 'threatening' speech of Hashmi. The judge had summoned the attorney-general in his chamber after taking notice of a statement issued by the federal government that criticised the judges' remarks. On Thursday, the government reacted angrily to the remarks made by a three-member Supreme Court bench overseeing the implementation of the Panamagate verdict.
The PML-N government, through a statement, criticised the judges for their remarks given earlier in the day in which they censured the representatives of the government for trying to 'politicise' the probe into the Sharif family's offshore assets exposed in the Panama Papers.
"Such uncalled for remarks are against the oath and code of conduct of judges themselves," a statement issued by an unnamed spokesperson of the federal government said.
Without naming the judge, the spokesperson said it was unfortunate that one of the judges labelled the government the 'Sicilian Mafia' and called the attorney-general for Pakistan their representative.
"Such remarks have damaged Pakistan's identity and sanctity in the world," the statement said, adding that it was wrong to say that the government took action against Hashmi only after the court issued him contempt notice.
"In fact, the government took [Hashmi's remarks] very seriously and took action against the senator on its own," read the statement. "It is on record that his remarks came in the media at 10:50am on May 31 and immediately after that the minister for information said such remarks could be Nehal's personal point of view."
The statement claimed that as soon as a meeting of the national security committee concluded on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif summoned Hashmi and sought an explanation. On finding his explanation unsatisfactory, the government directed him to resign from the Senate, it said, adding that all of this was done before the Supreme Court took notice of his speech. Interestingly, the statement was issued by the federal government on plain paper, not on an official letterhead. - NNI