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SC adjourns Justice Isa’s appointment case after petitioner’s no show

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday adjourned the petition against the appointment of SC sitting judge Qazi Faez until Thursday, owing to the petitioner’s absence.

The court warned that action will be taken if the petitioner fails to appear before the court in the next hearing. Earlier, lawyer Hanif Rahi had filed a plea in the court to adjourn the case as he was travelling.

A three-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, was to take up the petition on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the petitioner Riaz Hanif Rahi, who had challenged Justice Isa’s appointment, approached the court to adjourn the hearing due to the ill-health of his father.

On March 22, while rejecting the registrar office objections, the apex court entertained a constitutional petition against the appointment of the sitting SC judge.

“After hearing the appellant in person, the office objection is overruled. Let the constitutional petition be numbered and fixed before the court whereby the question of maintainability shall be decided,” the CJP remarked in his written order after hearing an appeal on March 12 against the SC registrar office’s objections over a constitutional petition.

Two years ago, Rahi had filed a constitutional petition challenging the appointment of Justice Isa as chief justice of the Balochistan High Court in August 2009.

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