SC ad­journs hear­ing in ZAB'S ref­er­ence on re­quest of Aitzaz

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IS­LAM­ABAD

The Supreme Court on Mon­day put off hear­ing till date in of­fice on the pend­ing pres­i­den­tial ref­er­ence, seek­ing a re­visit of Sha­heed Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto's murder case, late founder of Pak­istan Peo­ples Party who also served the coun­try as first demo­crat­i­cally elected Prime Min­is­ter.

A nine-mem­ber bench com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry,

Jus­tice Tas­saduq Hus­sain Jil­lani, Jus­tice Nasir ul Mulk, Jus­tice Tariq Parvez,Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar, Jus­tice Sar­mad Jalal Os­mani, Jus­tice Amir Hani Mus­lim, Jus­tice Gulzar Ahmed and Jus­tice Sh. Az­mat Saeed de­ferred pro­ceed­ings on a Pres­i­den­tial ref­er­ence sent to apex Court un­der Ar­ti­cle 186 in­vok­ing its ad­vi­sory ju­ris­dic­tion.

Dur­ing course of pro­ceed­ings, the bench was ap­prised that Bar­ris­ter Aitzaz Ah­san, coun­sel for the re­fer­ring author­ity, had sub­mit­ted an ad­journ­ment plea as he was in Karachi to at­tend funeral cer­e­mony of late Iqbal Haider, se­nior ad­vo­cate of the Supreme Court.

The bench ac­cepted his plea and told his as­sis­tant Ali Go­har that they had re­ceived a let­ter from the re­fer­ring author­ity nom­i­nat­ing Aitzaz Ah­san as coun­sel in the plead­ing but they would re­quire an ac­cep­tance from the coun­sel as well be­cause he would no longer ap­pear as am­i­cus cu­riae in the case.The Chief Jus­tice told him that they would nom­i­nate some other lawyer from Pun­jab prov­ince in his place as 'friend of the court'. While in re­lated mat­ter re­gard­ing tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion of prac­tic­ing li­cense of Babar Awan, who pre­vi­ously ap­peared as coun­sel in ZAB's case, bench also de­ferred pro­ceed­ings till date in of­fice.

The bench in its or­der said that his ap­pli­ca­tion would be heard when the req­ui­site bench of eleven mem­bers was con­sti­tuted as his li­cense sus­pen­sion or­der was passed by the said bench. The bench also di­rected its of­fice to put up the mat­ter for con­sti­tu­tion of the re­quired bench. Dur­ing pro­ceed­ings, Babar Awan read out por­tion of 17th Jan­uary or­der and com­plained that it was not the way that one of his ap­pli­ca­tion for early fix­a­tion of con­tempt mat­ter was re­turned by the Reg­is­trar of­fice af­ter show­ing re­gret to en­ter­tain it.

He said that ex­pres­sion of re­gret was not a usual norm. About his an­other con­tempt is­sue be­fore an­other two-Judge bench, he replied that it was still pend­ing.

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