India invites CJP, FM to SCO meeting of chief justices in March

ISLAMABAD: India has invited Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO’s) meeting of the foreign ministers and that of the chief justices.

As per the official sources, India has sent invitation letters to the foreign minister and the chief justice of Pakistan.

It is to be noted that India is organizing chair of the SCO this year. The SCO’s meeting of the foreign ministers will be held in the Indian city of Goa in May this year whereas, the SCO’s meeting of the chief justices will be held in the month of March this year.

Pakistan has not yet responded to both the invitations. The decision regarding participation in the meeting to be held in India will be taken after consultation with all the stakeholders, the official sources said.

Zardari challenges Park Lane reference

Meanwhile, PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari challenged the Park Lane reference under the amended NAB law.

An application filed by PPP Co-chairman in an accountability court in Islamabad said that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the reference. So the court should send the reference back to NAB or exonerate him, he prayed the court.

Asif Zardari has already got relief from accountability courts in Thatta Water Supply and Rs8 billion transaction references.

In Mega Money Laundering reference case, the court had reserved judgement on Asif Zardari’s request for relief.

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