ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has constituted a full bench comprising 17 judges to hear the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) Review case. The bench will start hearing the case from October 13. The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the hearing of 18th Amendment case will be completed tomorrow. The CJ Chaudhry will head the bench.
It should be mentioned here that the government pleaded the court to defer the NRO Implementation case till the NRO Review case hearing is completed. The apex court in the previous hearing gave government time by October 13 in NRO Implementation case.
However on knowing that Head of the Constitutional Reforms Committee Senator Raza Rabbani has decided to appear before the court; the CJ said there is seemingly some miscommunication; if he does not want to come, it is his will albeit he is party to three petitions and he was served notices according to the regulations.
Today the court opened with the arguments of Akram Sheikh Advocate. Earlier, Attorney General presented the letter from Senator Raza Rabbani, saying he has made up his mind to appear before the court. The AG read out the letter to the court. The CJ Chaudhry said Wasim Sajjad told during a hearing that Raza Rabbani wanted to appear before the court of his own accord. However, the senator’s letter said he was not summoned by the court; hence, he needs not go there. Raza also wrote that his statement regarding court’s summon to parliamentarians was wrongly attributed to him, adding the effort was made to create misunderstanding in court and the Parliament.
On Tuesday following the Supreme Court’s permission to Senator Raza Rabbani to appear before the apex court, he being the head of a parliamentary committee which drafted the 18th Constitutional Amendment, has decided not to appear before the Supreme Court to defend the constitutional amendments, according to a private television channel. -SANA