SC judges do not want to adjudicate political matters: CJP

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 27 (APP):Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday stressed that he as well as
the other Supreme Court judges had no political agenda and did not want to adjudicate political matters.
He expressed these views while hearing a suo motu case regarding a hike in prices of medicines.
“I was the smallest lawyer of the country and even now I am the smallest judge,” the CJP remarked.
He observed that the time had arrived to show that something was being done and that he simply wanted people to be get their rights. “I do not even want to touch political cases,” said Chief Justice Saqib Nisar.
“In the pensions case, we [the bench] got the pension increased from Rs 1,300 to Rs 8,000 for widows so that they can at least buy a painkiller for themselves,” Justice Nisar said.
The CJP said that the court did not want anyone to bear any loss, reiterating that the court did not have any political purpose. “If anyone wants to test us, now is the time.”
The chief justice remarked that it was his desire that medicines be sold at cheaper prices. “I also urge all lawyers to assist us. The time has come to do something for the country and our intentions are very clear,” he added.
The rise in medicine prices can only be done in accordance with the drug policy issued by Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), he said.
He remarked that the Supreme Court would monitor all the affairs with respect to the price hike and provide other organisations with guidelines as well.
He observed that the guidelines would be issued to prevent unnecessary stay orders and devise formulas for all the companies.
Advocate Rasheed A Rizvi counsel for medicinal companies lawyer said that in 2013 the drug prices were hiked by 15 per cent but they were then revised and lowered on the directions of then prime minister.
The chief justice ordered to release the list of companies who do not share data. He said that it is binding on them to adhere to the DRAP policies that are drafted and there will be no room for error once its regulated.
The court hearing over the case has been adjourned until tomorrow.