SC orders complete audit of PR during suo motu hearing
LAHORE (92 News) – The Supreme Court has ordered the complete audit of Pakistan Railways during the suo motu hearing of alleged Rs60 billion corruption in the department.
A two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Nisar, heard the case at apex court’s Lahore Registry on Saturday. During the court proceedings, the CJP reprimanded Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique for his statements defending his department.
The CJP observed that the time when institutions were disrespected has passed. “You should have seen what your body language was like. If you don’t respect the institutions, then no one will respect you,” chief justice remarked while speaking to the minister.
Reasoning his behaviour, Rafique said that the statements made by him at different locations were against his political opponents. “There is a misunderstanding which I want to clear. I can leave if you don’t want to hear me out,” he said.
During the hearing, the railways minister said that there will be visible improvement in the department in the next 12 years. Over which, the CJP remarked: “Should the court then allow you to continue your appointment without contesting elections for the next 12?”