PM for seek­ing SC ad­vice on judges’ ap­point­ment

$ 120m amount stands against Karkey: SC told

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IS­LAM­ABAD

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.

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