Pakistan has witnessed another transition of top jurist after Justice Asif Saeed Khosa took oath as 26th Chief Justice of Supreme Court. President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi administered the oath.
People are happy about Justice Khosa’s appointment as Chief Justice because he seems to be caring for his role and the duty assigned to him.
What Pakistanis Say about Justice Asif Saeed Khosa
Interestingly, Twitter users particularly journalists in Pakistan are talking more about the departure of now Ex-Chief Justice Saqib Nisar whose era was marked by too much of judicial activism and his interest in the economic, political and social life of the country.
Pakistan’s controversial dam fund is only one example to name in this regard. While there was no lack of admirers who praised Justice Saqib Nisar for his populist actions, like taking sou moto notices and making surprise visits, his critics stood prominently for bashing him not fulfilling his duty and rather concentrating on things that were not in his domain.
Generally, journalists were referring to Justice Asif Saeed Khosa’s speech that he gave on the eve of full court reference held on January 17, to bid farewell to Justice Saqib Nisar.
His Words on Dam Seemed to be a Big Win
Folks are hopeful that Chief Justice will prioritize those reportedly 1.9 million pending cases.
There Were Some Concerns As Well
A Chief Justice Famous for His Literary Taste
As a senior judge of Supreme Court, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa gave several landmark verdicts, which include death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered then Governor Punjab Salman Taseer for committing blasphemy, disqualification of Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and freeing Aasia Bibi, a blasphemy accused.
Apart from this, Justice Khosa is much known for his literary taste and quoting phrases and excerpts from novels. He even quoted a line from Mario Puzo’s famous The Godfather in his verdict on Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification; something that had a mixed reaction from the public. People who were euphoric to see a corrupt Prime Minister packing for home rejoiced Justice Khosa’s remarks. But, a major portion of Pakistani intelligentia, including the likes of Aasma Jahangir condemned this act for its potential of showing the judge’s biasedness.
Twitteratie is pinning hope on Justice Khosa for reforming the criminal justice system in Pakistan.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will head supreme court for a tenure of 11 months, until, December 2019.