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

Published: August 11, 2012
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The bench will hear review petition against court's July 12 orders on August 15.

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

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.

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  • Much Amused
    Aug 11, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Will get the same result. No chance of SC judges differing on earlier bench orders.

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  • Aug 11, 2012 - 4:58PM

    So the appeal is against the judgement of a bench that was headed by the honourable judge Asif Saeed Khosa, It is interesting to note that the same judge is heading the bench hearing the appeal.

    Anyhow, I am happy to see the names of the other four judges. Earlier I thought our Supreme Court consisted of only … judges: Iftikhar Chaudhry, Khosa, Khilji, Shakirullah Jan, and Jilani. I wonder whether Justice Amir Hani Muslim is on leave?

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 11, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Knowing the outcome of this appeal Government using delaying tactics and keeping SC busy with its ulterior motives.

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  • Logic europe
    Aug 11, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Supteme court is bating sixes wait till Zardari delivers a guggli and team chahdhry wll be out

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  • freeman
    Aug 11, 2012 - 6:17PM

    only one person out of the entire lawyer community and the entire 180 million population should say that corruption is not a crime,PPP and the likes of them have never indulged in corruption, then i,ll also say our judges are wrong. So far this is an article of faith with me that the judges are fighting the battle which the 180 million people should have fought.Recommend

  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Aug 11, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Sir,when is the coup-de-grace?? Let the nation over come this sordid affair.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 11, 2012 - 7:16PM

    @freeman:
    Judges are not supposed to fight battles as you mentioned, they perform the duty of being unbiased deciding according to the constitution. Never known a supreme court where all the judges have same one opinion in a panel even up to seventeen justices, perfect like god.

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  • S. Anwar Ali Shah, Advocate High Court
    Aug 11, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Interestingly, PPP Government seeks permission of appex court for continuity of corruption and to legalise its past corrupt activities.

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  • freeman
    Aug 11, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @AnisAqeel:
    exactly. let them decide according to the constitution. what is, then, this whole fuss about? as far as the battle, i mentioned, is not the battle of guns.

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  • speaker
    Aug 11, 2012 - 9:03PM

    ppp(bunch of losers) trying to delay the case as long as much as it can to hide their dirty flesh in their seemingly clear skin. They just want to show people that they have completed their term in office despite their dirty pricks they have been playing all along. If PPP corruption opens then many others will be dragged alongside him too with sharifs coming under the axe as well!!
    Too many dirty faces shall be uncovered soon!!Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 11, 2012 - 9:38PM

    @freeman:
    Any law or amendment passed by two third majority of National Assembly and Senate (good or bad) becomes a part of the constitution and dismantling by judiciary legally becomes a coup- d’etat by itself that is a treason. Our constitution is by itself highly contradictory and based on politics and raped over and over again.
    The whole fuss is that judiciary created an unlawful situation to extend their own power. Agree that PPP Government is corrupt, incompetent and have all the ills that all the others leaders and political parties also have but it is not judiciary’s territory and intentionally or unintentionally they are harming Pakistan unparalleled to any other institution in the past or present.

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  • Logic Europe
    Aug 11, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @ all commentators ,,no matter what a judge cannot break a political movements ,People have tried before with the helps of courts judges, Genrals mullas all to no avail.
    A judge who took oath under dictator to save his job and later rebelled again to save his job is no one to GRANT anything to anybody He himself is there courtesy of NRO otherwise he would still be in prison
    JUDGES WILL DO IN THE END WHAT PEOPLE WILL TELL THEM AND PEOPLE ARE THE ELECTED REPRESENTAIVES

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  • Naeem
    Aug 13, 2012 - 9:27PM

    The political temperature in the country has risen a notch or two after striking down contempt of court law. All political forces must be shuffling their feet in anticipation of a possible general election before the scheduled date of February 2013. The court, however, having delivered its verdict, should reflect on where the question of its respect and dignity stands at the present conjuncture. These are categories that cannot be summoned at will or through the coercive power to punish. They are earned over time through the judgements of the courts, and only if such judgements pass the test of scrutiny of being impartial, fair, and in the interests of justice, without any shade of controversy or accusations of overstepping the jurisdiction of the court. On this last count, it must be said with the greatest respect to Their Lordships, the jury is still out.Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:15AM

    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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  • Ubaid
    Aug 15, 2012 - 9:43PM

    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.

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