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IHC judges case: Govt files review plea over SC ruling

January 09, 2013

Supreme Court of Paksitan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday filed a petition requesting for a review of the Supreme Court's order of Dec 21, 2012 in which the bench had asked President Asif Ali Zardari to issue notifications about the appointments of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui as a regular judge and Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi as additional judge for six months as recommended by a Judicial Commission meeting on Sept 22, 2012.

The review petition was filed in the Supreme Court by the Advocate-on-Record on behalf of Attorney General Irfan Qadir.

The plea requested the bench to review its order of Dec 21 along with discarding the petition that had been moved by Advocate Nadeem Ahmed.

The government's review petition took the stance that the court's order was not in accordance with the requirements of justice.

It added that under the present circumstances, the court should not have reserved its opinion on the presidential reference and should instead have given it on a priority basis.

The court had withheld its finding on the reference sent by President Asif Ali Zardari to the Supreme Court by invoking its advisory jurisdiction.

Through the reference the president had sought the opinion of the Supreme Court on a host of questions including the seniority dispute between Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan and Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi, both judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).