Suo motu jurisdiction should be exercised in public interest, not to benefit an individual: PM Shehbaz

  • Premier questions how many times the court took suo motu notice of the issues pertaining to prisons and their inmates
Published April 22, 2023 Updated April 24, 2023

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday that suo motu jurisdiction should be exercised in the public interest rather than to benefit an individual, Aaj News reported.

Talking to the media outside Lahore’s Central Jail, the premier said "suo motu notice can be taken by the Supreme Court on matters that it deems to be in the public interest.

The prime minister questioned how many times the court took suo motu notice of the issues pertaining to prisons and their inmates.

He was visiting the facility to enquire about the conditions of prisoners.

“How many suo motu [notices] were taken regarding issues such as justice with prisoners and their betterment,” he asked.

The premier said there were 4,000 prisoners in the Lahore Central Jail, 50,000 in Punjab, and hundreds of thousands all over the country.

“There are thousands of such prisoners who can be immediately released in accordance with the law. How much work have the courts done regarding this? These are the questions that the nation asks of me and all institutions.”

During the jail's visit, he ordered the Punjab authorities to immediately chalk out a plan to establish dedicated hospitals in jails for the medical treatment of the prisoners and provide quality sanitation services.

The prime minister directed the Punjab chief secretary to make a plan for a dedicated hospital in the jail within a week.

"If succeeded, the project would be expanded across the country," he added.

He said though the prisoners were jailed for any crime, the denial of medical and sanitation facilities to them was sheer injustice.

The prime minister, who interacted with the prisoners and distributed Eid gifts among them, said he had held a meeting with the Punjab chief secretary, IG Prisons, and jail superintendent to discuss the problem faced by the prisoners.

The prime minister expressed his concerns over the “pathetic” condition of toilets in almost all jails which he said needed to be improved as improper sanitation and toilet facilities would beget diseases.

He said that currently there were around 8,000 prisoners in two Lahore jails and it took almost months for sick prisoners to undergo required medical tests, deteriorating their health conditions.

He also called for the operationalization of the basic health equipment available in the jail and instructed that the treatment process should be made easy and transparent.

The prime minister also instructed providing vocational training to the prisoners to make them productive citizens and enable them to earn a livelihood after their release.

He stressed the need for measures to facilitate those languishing in jails just for lacking money even after completing their sentences. He urged the superior judiciary to take notice of the situation to address the miseries of the suffering prisoners.

He said by putting aside personal interests and through collective actions and wisdom, the country could overcome the pervading challenges.

The prisoners also shared their issues with the prime minister who instructed the relevant authorities to take up the cases with relevant ministries and institutions.


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M Yusuf Siddiqui Apr 22, 2023 07:54pm
Suo Motu is a privilege of the Supreme Court, not politicians.
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Mian Nawaz Sharifshit Apr 22, 2023 08:09pm
My little brother is quite laughable.
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Kamran Khan Apr 22, 2023 10:44pm
Corruption and HaramKohri jurisdiction should be exercised in the public interest rather than to benefit an individual.
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Safdar Imam Apr 23, 2023 08:32am
Elections are not in public interest as long as they can’t result in our victory; don’t you agree?
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WarrenDesiBuffet Apr 23, 2023 08:49am
The corrupt, unfair, delayed and opaque judicial system is indeed the root of most of our political, financial and social problems. Most pakistani judges will reside in deepest levels of hell, come the Day of Judgement.
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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 23, 2023 10:19am
Legislation should be moved that if judges use suo moto to the detriment of a sitting competent PM (or his brother), there will be a mandatory death penalty.
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Parvez Apr 23, 2023 11:32am
Correctly said. I hope he understood what he said......Now he needs to practice what he preaches.
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Javed Apr 23, 2023 01:33pm
Only in Pakistan Crooks & Corrupt have the audacity to dictate courts! Compliments of the compromised generals! No rule of law! No respect for the land of the law - the constitution!
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Naeem Apr 23, 2023 04:04pm
This suo moto is in the interest of all the voters. You Shahbaz Sharif are the only one Looser.
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test Apr 23, 2023 04:57pm
"suo motu jurisdiction should be exercised in public interest not to benefit an individual" pm shehbaz I agree.
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Pakistani1 Apr 23, 2023 05:14pm
Time for politicians to talk to each other, without ego, to resolve this.
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Pakistani1 Apr 23, 2023 05:14pm
Time to clearly decide the rules for Suo Motto by the Parliment.
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Boncr Apr 23, 2023 05:44pm
@Kamran Khan, In the blood of Punjabi Army they never like our country will develop.They play with Islam and making money.
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Boncr Apr 23, 2023 05:45pm
@Javed, When our army is currupted what you expect from them
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Truthseeker Apr 24, 2023 02:24am
@Javed, time has come to hold generals accountable!
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Truthseeker Apr 24, 2023 02:25am
@Boncr, Ayub Khan started the mess!
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Truthseeker Apr 24, 2023 02:29am
@Boncr, Time to hold generals responsible...and de- Bajwa-ize the army! Airforce and Navy leadership should play its role and stop army generals from toying with the constitution!
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