Chief Justice Asks Govt To Remove Zafar Mirza, Public Disagrees

Chief Justice Asks Govt To Remove Zafar Mirza, Public Disagrees

Supreme Court Dismisses Dr. Zafar Mirza

On Monday, the Supreme Court showed disappointment over the administration of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and ordered the federal government to expel him from his job.

A five-judge bench of the apex court, chaired by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed the 27th CJ of Pakistan, was listening to a case on the government’s actions to control the spread of the deadly pandemic in Pakistan.

Supreme Court Dismisses Dr. Zafar Mirza

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The debate and reasons for removing Dr. Zafar Mirza

Answering to CJ’s remarks about suspending Mirza, the attorney general responded: “Do not change him mid-flight.” He urged that expelling him during this time would be destructive.

Chief Justice said, “The government has only provided census to the court.”

The attorney general responded, “No country in the world was prepared to fight such a disease.”

Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked when the government would legislate on the calamity. “Rest of the countries have passed a law to deal with the emergency.”

“The state has other jobs rather than just holding rallies,” Justice Gulzar Ahmed said.

“The prime minister’s cabinet has become ineffective. He seems distant from the rest. All the provinces are doing whatever they desire,” The CJ added.

Earlier, DR. Zafar Mirza was accused of corruption, which he denied. Besides, Chief Justice took SUO-MOTO action last week on the coronavirus crises. The CJ got to know about the Balochistan government buying kits on higher prices from vendors in Lahore and Karachi. That may be the reason for asking the federal government to remove Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza.

Following the orders of the top court, certain reactions of the general public and prominent ones have been recorded on social media platforms.

This is what the author Mir Mohammad Ali says

Arbitrator and Gold medalist Sameena disagree with the Apex court’s decision

She says it is not a ‘wise decision’

Lawyer Taimur Malik says he ‘fails to understand’ the decision

In a nutshell, people on social media seem to be against the decision of the apex court. Many are saying, at this juncture removing the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza is not wise. However, the government has not yet removed Dr. Zafar Mirza from his post. 

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