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SC adjourns proceedings on plea over media's role

January 03, 2013

Supreme Court of Paksitan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred proceedings for an indefinite period on a plea questioning the role of media in the aftermath of the May 2, 2011 incident.

A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, advised the counsel for Sardar Muhammad Ghazi, a petitioner and former attorney general, to consider certain aspects of his plea and adjourned the hearing.

During the course of the proceedings, the chief justice observed that the judiciary would not allow anything against the integrity of the country and its national security.

The bench also questioned the objectives behind the petitioner's plea.

Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for the petitioner, contended that the media had defamed the country's security agencies in the aftermath of the Abbottabad operation that killed Osma bin Laden.

The bench told him that if he was aggrieved against any media personnel, he should file a defamation case.

The bench also stopped him from reading a statement of Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, which was submitted before the commission probing the Abbottabad operation.