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18th amendment case concluded, Supreme Court reserves verdict

ISLAMABAD: The 17-member larger bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday concluded the hearing of 18th amendment case and reserved its verdict, a notable case in the court history. A 17-member bench heard a set of 18 petitions challenging various clauses of the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2010.

The clauses, related to the process of judge’s appointment by a judicial council, change of NWFP name as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the repeal of Concert List, exempting political parties form holding elections with their factions, were challenged in the apex court by various political parties, lawyers and individuals.

In his remarks on Thursday, the CJP said ruling of the case would be pronounced later after consultation with other SC judges. The CJP remarked:

“our parliament is not second to none in comparison to the parliament of any other country in the world. We should respect it. Our parliamentarians are men of character and they possess all the merits the parliamentarians of other countries have.”

Judge of the SC, Justice Khalil ur Rehman has remarked that major changes have been made in the Constitution in the name of an amendment. Earlier, the judges said in their remarks that it is up to the Parliament to amend the Constitution and set any amendment right.-SANA

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