ISLAMABAD, April 14: The Supreme Court will take up on Monday identical petitions, challenging formation of the Supreme Judicial Council and sending of a reference by President Pervez Musharraf against ‘non-functional’ Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

During the last hearing a three-member bench comprising Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan, Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Hamid Ali Mirza had served notices on the president’s secretariat, SJC and the federal government through the ministry of law.

Now the case will be taken up again on April 16.

The petitions had been filed by the Watan Party through Barrister Zafarullah Khan and Adliya Bachao Committee represented by Dr Farooq Hassan.

In his petition, Barrister Zafarullah relied on a judgment of the Supreme Court (PLD 1996 P-324SC Al-Jihad Trust Case) in which it was decided that “acting chief justices were allowed to function for a short time and in the absence of permanent chief justice the composition of the SJC becomes imperfect and the body as such becomes unfunctional.”

The chief justice of Pakistan is available; his office is not vacant and he is not on leave nor can he be suspended or removed like other judges of the superior judiciary, the petition pleaded.

Opinion

Editorial

X post facto
Updated 19 Apr, 2024

X post facto

Our decision-makers should realise the harm they are causing.
Insufficient inquiry
19 Apr, 2024

Insufficient inquiry

UNLESS the state is honest about the mistakes its functionaries have made, we will be doomed to repeat our follies....
Melting glaciers
19 Apr, 2024

Melting glaciers

AFTER several rain-related deaths in KP in recent days, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has sprung into...
IMF’s projections
Updated 18 Apr, 2024

IMF’s projections

The problems are well-known and the country is aware of what is needed to stabilise the economy; the challenge is follow-through and implementation.
Hepatitis crisis
18 Apr, 2024

Hepatitis crisis

THE sheer scale of the crisis is staggering. A new WHO report flags Pakistan as the country with the highest number...
Never-ending suffering
18 Apr, 2024

Never-ending suffering

OVER the weekend, the world witnessed an intense spectacle when Iran launched its drone-and-missile barrage against...