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President decides to file reference in judges’ seniority case

President Asif Ali Zardari has decided to file reference in Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges appointment case, Attorney General Irfan Qadir told the court.
A 4-member bench of SC headed by Justice Khilji Arif took up the case on appointment of judges in IHC for hearing on Friday.
During the course of hearing, AG filed a 2-page written reply from the government in SC with reference to induction of judges.
AG told the court President Asif Ali Zardari remained busy due to D-8 conference, therefore, he could not meet him. However he had met law minister Farooq H Naik and the latter had told that decision had been taken to file reference by the president in judges appointment case, he added.
President wanted to file reference under article 186 of the constitution and he had expressed his confidence on the court by taking decision for filing the reference, AG told the court.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked this was the constitutional way that the president sought guidance from the court and this way opinion of AG and advocate general would come through the presidential reference.
Akram Sheikh, counsel for the petitioner Nadim Ahmad advocate said the matter was subjudice and it was in the air that president was going to file reference. The decision taken at belated stage by the president for filing reference was based on malafide intent, he added.
He prayed the court that it was authorized to give decision on the petition despite filing of reference in this connection.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed it be left to the courts what they have to do.
AG requested the court hearing be adjourned for 15 days. The court granting AG plea put off the hearing for two weeks.
The court also ordered if presidential reference was not filed within two weeks then Akram Sheikh petition would be taken up for rehearing.

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  1. aftabwilson said:

    Now a new Pandora Box will be opened. This is a very important case with long reaching consequences so no need
    for a Akram Shaikh type of crack pot advocate. I hope SC will appoint a panel of leading advocates to reach some conclusion.

  2. Tufan Agha said:

    Judges are living in virtual world away from reality. They have neither any contribution for the society nor to justice in Pakistan.. Behind the slogans of Cheap justice, justice at door step and rule of Law, bench and bar swindle billions.

  3. Hussain said:

    Will the President get Justice from the Judiciary which is a Party in the case.

  4. A J [email protected] said:

    Judges grow in the company of criminals.They cannot be trusted with Statecraft. President of Pakistan o should take a cue from President Mohamed Morsi and limit them to their own perimeters.

  5. Tahir said:

    The president is a convicted and criminal. The SC has made a deal not to decide against him and just keep the ball rolling. SC needs public accountability for misleading the nation.

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