Maryam Nawaz, the chief organizer of Muslim League (N), has said that in the 76-year history of Pakistan, there have been 40 years of dictatorship, there were 4 dictators who stayed in power for ten, ten years through bullying, but never did any court dared to stand up against a dictator. Always an elected Prime Minister has been disqualified but not a single dictator.
"When the parliamentarians were talking about law and Constitution, you [CJP] taunted them. Do you know how prideul it is to go to jail for a doctrine?" said the PML-N leader while addressing a Lawyers' Convention in Rawalpindi.
Maryam's comments came after CJP remarked that certain people speaking in the National Assembly had served jail terms and were declared traitors.
"Today, when you go to parliament, you find people who were till yesterday in captivity, imprisoned, declared traitors. They are now talking over there, and being respected because they are representatives of the people."
His remarks were also criticised by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who said that it was a matter of pride for him that he had been released by the high court on merit in false and fabricated cases.
"It is our right under the Constitution to express our views in the parliament," he said.
Maryam said that the chief justice had gotten emotional during the election delay case hearing, adding that he should have gotten emotional when "I spent five months in Adiala Jail and five months in NAB's (National Accountability Bureau) custody".