ISLAMABAD: A constitutional petition seeking to make Dawn Leaks report public was dismissed after it was withdrawn by the petitioner on Friday.
The appeal was heard by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar in his chamber after the Registrar Office raised objections on the petition, filed in May 2017 under Article 184(3), making former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan respondents, by Advocate Sardar Ghazi on behalf of 17 retired military officers with Brigadier (retd) Arbi Khan as the lead petitioner.
Justice Nisar sustained the objections leveled by the registrar office and dismissed the appeal.
The SC office had objected that the petitioner did not approach proper forum. Following which the petitioners moved an appeal against registrar’s order.
On Thursday, former Principal Information Officer of the Ministry of Information Rao Tehsin filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the January 27 decision of the court where they dismissed his petition seeking a copy of the Dawn Leaks inquiry report
A two-member bench comprising of Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb issued notices on Thursday to the federal government to respond in the next hearing.
IHC had dismissed Tehsin’s initial plea, stating that under Article 212 of the Constitution, there is a bar on a court of law for taking cognizance of a matter where any inquiry tribunal is already established.