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SC adjourns hearing of 18th amendment case till May 31

The Supreme Court on Monday has adjourned the hearing of petitions filed against 18th Amendment till May 31 while the hearing on review petition of the NRO verdict of the Supreme Court adjourned till June 7.

At the start of hearing of petitions filed against 18th Amendment, counsel of federation Dr. Basit has requested the court to give two to three days time. He admitted that government should have submitted the reply within the deadline.

On the request of counsel of federation, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in his remarks asked that how the hearing will be conducted if the reply is not being submitted by the government.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had formed a 17-member larger bench of the Supreme Court to hear the petitions challenging certain provisions of the 18th Amendment. The 17-member larger bench heard the case on Monday.

The petitioners included President Supreme Court Bar, Qazi Anwar, Ijaz-ul-Haq of Muslim League Zia Group, President Pakistan Lawyers Forum AK Dogar, Habib-ul-Wahab Al-Khairi of Al-Jihad Trust and others included.

The same bench has also heard review petition of the NRO verdict of the Supreme Court. There were seven review petitions filed against NRO.

One of the application stated that Masud Chishti should be allowed to give arguments in place of Kamal Azfar, however, advocate of the federation, Raja Abdul Ghafoor requested to the court that Masud Chishti wants to withdraw his petition.

The court has drawn the attention of Raja Abdul Ghafoor regarding serious consequences, if the petitions taken back. Raja Abdul Ghafoor, on this sought more time form the court.

Counsel of the Federation, Kamal Azfar requested the court to give more time and the court gavehim the time of two weeks. Waseem Sajjad Advocate, on this said that he wants to give his arguments, however, the court said that the petitions to be heard on the same day and the hearing was adjourned till June 7.



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