After much debate on the matter, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi criticised those who allegedly called him a faryadi (plaintiff) who approached the Chief Justice of Pakistan, saying he went to the top judge for the cause of the country.
On Thursday, dispelling media reports that the CJP had called the premier a faryadi, the top court clarified that the attribution of using the word was completely wrong and malicious.
The Chief Justice, the court said, holds the prime minister in high esteem, being the head of the government, and has never used the word faryadi for him.
“Our rivals seem to have a problem that I met the Chief Justice,” the premier said in a statement on Friday. “I contacted the CJP and he asked me to visit him.”
Shortly after the meeting between the premier and the top judge, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief had said that the former must have begged the CJP for saving Nawaz Sharif’s theft of national wealth.
According to PM Abbasi, he conveyed that it was important to understand that it had become difficult to run the affairs of the state.
The premier went on to add that even the Justice Nisar is a witness to the fact that he didn’t discuss anything relating to a personal matter, but regarding the country.
“If someone says I went to the CJP as a plaintiff then yes I went to him for the sake of the country.”
“This country belongs to me and the CJP as much as it belongs to [PTI chief] Imran Khan.”
Someone said that the meeting was a good omen but the timing wasn’t right, he said and asked, “what kind of a political statement is that.”