COVID-19 – CJP takes Suo Motu notice of government measures to battle coronavirus – Supreme Court of Pakistan
On Friday 10 April 2020, Chief Justice of Pakistan took a suo motu notice of the government’s insufficient facilities to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. The five-member bench headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed held the first hearing.
The court issued notices to the attorney general and additional attorney general of Pakistan as well as AGs of all four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan. Secretaries of interior and health have also been served with notices along with chief secretaries of all four provinces as well as GB.
The next hearing will be held on April 13.
Federal Government submits reply to CJP’s suo motu on coronavirus crisis
On Saturday 11 April 2020 the federal government submitted a response to SC suo motu and explained the measures taken so far to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The government in its response gave detailed overview of the preventives measures taken so far in 154 districts of the country and assured the top court that authorities are taking all possible measures to curtail the rapid spread of the virus in the country.
Suo Moto order dated 13.04.2020 regarding combating the pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID -19)
Suo Moto order dated 20.04.2020 regarding combating the pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID -19)
On Monday 20 April 2002, SC resumed the hearing of the Suo Moto case and states the lack of “transparency” in the steps the government has taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic so far. The order states that,“All governments (federal and provincial) are spending money for relief [but] there is no transparency to be seen. There is no transparency in any of the steps [taken]”and “Monitoring should be done of what the provinces are doing with the money.
The chief justice remarked that the Zakat and charity money given to the government by the people “is not for TA & DA (travelling allowance and dearness allowance) or foreign tours”. Justice Bandial further added that, “Zakat money cannot be used for office expenses”.
The case is Adjourned to a date after two weeks.