SC uses videolink technology for Quetta cases


ISLAMABAD: After Karachi, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday started to hear proceedings of Quetta cases through video link at the principal seat in Islamabad.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Umar Ata Bandial issued a verdict in the first case heard through video link.

In the hearing, a suspect named Mushtaq Hussain’s two-year sentence was declared null and void and the criminal was ordered to pay a fine within a month.

During the course of proceedings, the CJP remarked, “I salute the people of Quetta. Today is a historic day. I personally yearned to see the video link system begin from Quetta but certain technical issues came in the way, therefore, we looked to Karachi for its commencement.”

He remarked that one special bench will hear cases after summer vacations, especially from video link, adding that they are thankful to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for assistance.

“The hearing of cases through e-courts will save money and time of the public,” he concluded.