February, 23, 2024
PTI Rejects JIT, Alleges Threat to Constitutional Rights

PTI Rejects JIT, Alleges Threat to Constitutional Rights

Infostani International: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has rejected the establishment of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), denouncing it as an attempt to address ambiguous objectives aimed at rectifying judicial criticisms. The party firmly condemns this move, seeing it as a systematic effort to target citizens and violate their fundamental constitutional rights of expression and communication.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Rejects JIT Formation, Alleges Threats to Constitutional Rights and Judicial Independence

On Tuesday, the interim federal government appointed a six-member JIT with the task of scrutinizing the prevailing malicious social media campaign against the Supreme Court judges.

The JIT has the mandate to provide a preliminary report to the Ministry of Interior within 15 days. Notably, the body will be led by the additional director general of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing and will include Grade-20 officers from the Intelligence Bureau and Inter-Services Intelligence, the deputy inspector general of police from Islamabad, as well as a Grade-20 officer from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

In response to the interim government’s move, a PTI spokesperson emphasized that the Constitution and the democratic framework unequivocally protect citizens’ fundamental rights to expression, communication, and constructive critique. He emphasized that every citizen holds the inherent right to scrutinize state actions, governmental decisions, and even court rulings, provided they do so with good intentions.

Lamenting the caretaker government as unconstitutional and illegal, the spokesperson criticized the erosion of basic rights in the country over the last 22 months, attributing it to severe censorship in mainstream and social media.

PTI Allegations Against JIT Formation and Call for Constitutional Supremacy

The party alleged that the government’s motive behind the JIT formation is to shield unjust judicial decisions from public scrutiny, thereby fostering an environment conducive to undermining the Constitution and democracy.

The spokesperson went on to assert that efforts are underway to empower those who have posed threats to judges, attacked the judiciary through rallies, and disrespected judges in public forums.

The spokesperson criticized the chief justice for making what nearly 100 million Pakistanis perceive as an unjust decision, urging the prioritization of constitutional supremacy over the infringement of citizens’ basic rights.

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Undeterred by the “deployment of force and extra-constitutional tactics,” the party affirmed the nation’s steadfast commitment to demanding its fundamental rights from the state.

Furthermore, the spokesperson suggested that if the JIT genuinely intends to curb harassment against the judiciary, it should focus its efforts on taking actionable measures against individuals such as PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, the party’s Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz, and ANP’s Aimal Wali Khan, instead of subjecting citizens to “undue scrutiny.”