Outgoing CJP says efforts being made to defame judiciary.


Outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Friday said that a campaign seems to have been launched to defame him and the institution of judiciary.

He made the remarks ahead of his farewell speech as chief justice during a full court reference.

He also clarified news reports attributed to him regarding the special court's verdict in the high treason case against General (retd) Pervez Msharraf.

Earlier, a special court, formed under the orders of the Supreme Court, had awarded a death penalty to Musharraf for high treason. Soon after Tuesday's short order was issued, news channels had reported that Justice Khosa had spoken about the verdict.

Justice Khosa noted that he was accused of supporting the Musharraf verdict in a meeting with journalists when he had never done so.

"The truth will prevail," he said in comments released to media before his speech to the full court.

In his speech during the reference, the CJP said he always did what he thought was right and was worth doing and it did not matter to him as to what the reaction or consequences would or could be.

"I believe that a judge, besides being just and fair to all, should have a heart of a lion, nerves...

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