NRO implementation: SC forms 5-judge bench to hear government’s review petition

The bench will hear the review petition against court's July 12 orders on August 15.

Web Desk August 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan formed a five-member bench on Saturday to hear the government’s review petition against the court’s July 12 orders in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case, reported Express News.

A five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, had ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without taking any advice.

The government had filed a review petition against the order asking the court to set it aside, which, it maintained, was not implementable.

According to Supreme Court’s Registrar Office, the five-member bench will hear the petition on August 15.

The bench will comprise of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Athar Saeed.


Ubaid | 11 years ago | Reply

Since his return to the court the Chief Justice has been consistently using judicial activism to expand the domain of authority of the Supreme Court. The major target of this stride is the PPP-led federal government and its officials. By now, what we are witnessing in Pakistan is an institutional clash between the federal executive and the superior judiciary (the Supreme Court and the provincial High Courts, especially the Punjab High Court). The Supreme Court is exercising some executive power by reprimanding, removing and transferring officials, and giving judgments on prices of some consumer goods. It removed Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani by disqualifying him as the member of the National Assembly. The power of disqualification of a member of parliament is traditionally exercised by the Election Commission of Pakistan not the chief justice of Pakistan. If this practice goes on democracy will never take root in Pakistan.

AnisAqeel | 11 years ago | Reply

Under such high level of contradiction or incompetency the CJ and his allied judges should step down and if they are clean they should not fear clearance of allegations against them. Please have mercy on this nation and step down as no such controversial judges should work in such circumstances where a poor and homeless CJ's dependent son is multimillionaire and have full illegitimate immunity from this supreme court.

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