Setting Up Bench To Make Biased Decisions Is 'Bench-Fixing': Maryam Nawaz.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said Monday that 'bench-fixing' is a crime similar to 'match-fixing' and suo motu notice should be taken over it as she criticised a 'specific' anti-PML-N bench being constituted for one-sided decisions.

Maryam, in a joint press conference alongside the coalition government leaders, including Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, said: 'Institutions are insulted from within, not outside. One wrong decision blows up an entire case. Criticism isn't needed where the right decisions are taken'.

The presser by the coalition government comes ahead of the significant Supreme Court hearing on Pervez Elahi's plea challenging Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Mazari's ruling which called the recent re-election for the Punjab chief minister in favour of Hamza Shahbaz.

Maryam said that ever since Hamza became the chief minister, PTI leaders have been repeatedly approaching SC - and this time, they jumped over the walls of the top court.

Referring to the PTI's petition against the chief minister's July 22 election, Maryam said that the SC's doors were opened late at night and the registrar gave 'sufficient time' to the party to draft its appeal.

'This is not what happens in our justice system,' she said, adding that the PTI was given ample time to draft its petition by the registrar, while the common man is given months for the date of hearing.

Noting that the judiciary interfered when Hamza was elected, she asked why the SC didn't call former NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri for violating the Constitution.

In a detailed verdict, the SC had noted that...

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