PM for seeking SC advice on judges’ appointment
$ 120m amount stands against Karkey: SC told
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Law Minister Farooq H.Naek to prepare a reference for seeking Supreme Court’s advice on judges appointment to settle all issues in a transparent manner as per letter and spirit of the Constitution. Law Minister Monday discussed with the Prime Minister, the forthcoming reference being filed by the President before the Supreme Court and sought his opinion on the appointment of Judges in the superior courts. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Farooq H. Naek during the meeting discussed in detail with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf the questions to be posed to the Supreme Court for its opinion, said a press release issued from PM House.
The Prime Minister said the government has always abided by the Constitution and has taken recourse to constitutional remedies whenever an issue has arisen, where one of the organs of the state or a point of law was under question. Appreciating the advice given by the Law Minister for filing of a reference in the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister said that it will not only further improve relationship with the judiciary but also bring clarity to the process of appointing judges as well as reaffirm the government’s policy that all institutions should work in harmony and in consultation with each other without interfering in each other affairs. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the filing of reference will enhance respect of state’s institutions in the eyes of common man which will strengthen democracy and state’s institutions in the country.
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau on Monday apprised the Supreme Court of Pakistan that the real outstanding amount against Turkish power plant ship Karkey, Karadeniz Elek trik Uretin, stood at $120 million, an amount which was mutually calculated by the authority and the petitioner. A threeJudge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed disposed of a plea moved by PML-Q legislator Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat over the Karkey issue. However, the bench in its order observed that if at any stage the amount surged, it would be the responsibility of the chairman NAB to recover it. Faisal Saleh Hayat, during proceedings, contested that according to his calculation, the amount stood around $128 million as it included $ 8 million as rental charges. Colonel retired Shahbaz Bhatti, NAB investigation officer, informed the bench that they held a meeting with the petitioner and the outstanding amount against Turkish flag carrier ship mounted power plant, was fixed as $120 million. He also submitted a statement countersigned by the chairman NAB. Prosecutor General NAB Karim Khan Agha reminded the bench that the chairman NAB was the final authority.