SC adjourns hearing of 18th Amendment pleas

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of petitions filed against 18th Amendment till May 31.

A 17-member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the petitions challenging certain provisions of the 18th Amendment on Monday.

At the start of hearing, counsel of federation Dr. Basit has requested the court to give two to three days time. He admitted that government should submit the reply within the deadline.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in his remarks asked that how the hearing will be conducted if the reply is not being submitted.

The bench comprises Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Mahmood Akhtar Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Anwar Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Rahmat Hussain Jafferi, Justice Tariq Parvez, Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday.

The petitions were filed by the Supreme Court Bar President Qazi Anwar, Pakistan Lawyers’ Forum, Ijazul Haq, Al-Jehad Trust etc. The attorney general of Pakistan and the four advocates general will appear on notice.

The bench has also heard review petition of the NRO verdict of the Supreme Court.

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