Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has cancelled all benches set up in Supreme Court’s registries at Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.
According to sources, all judges in these three registries have been directed to ensure their presence in Islamabad. Sources said that the decision has been taken in view of the ongoing row between the judiciary and the executive. However, other sources added that it could be in preparation for the formation of a larger bench of the apex court which could be expected next week.
In the second scenario, benches at the Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar registries of the Supreme Court would not be able to take up the scheduled cases. Therefore, they would hear the cases at the principal seat in Islamabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2011.
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