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CJP forms larger bench to hear ZAB reference

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday formed an 11-member larger bench to hear the presidential reference to reopen the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case from May 2 onwards.

Military interventions weaken democracy: CJP

ISLAMABAD – Military interventions in political process not only weakens democratic institutions in Pakistan but also adversely impacts constitutional and legal developments in the country, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Saturday.
“The primacy of unelected institutions over representative organs left parliament weak and subservient to the executive,” he said while addressing the visiting officers of Command and Staff College in Quetta.

Kurd blames CJP for extra-judicial murders in Balochistan

QUETTA – Former Supreme Court Bar Association president and senior lawyer Ali Ahmad Kurd on Friday stated that there would have been no extra-judicial murders in Balochistan had Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry taken suo motu notice of the murder of former Balochistan governor Nawab Akbar Bugti, a prominent Baloch leader.
Addressing a reception in honour of newsmen at the Balochistan High Court Bar room, Kurd said that being vice-president of the Pakistan Bar Council in

Legislature must act if executive doesn’t comply with law: CJP

ISLAMABAD – If the executive does not comply with the law, the legislature must take action against arbitrary non-compliance, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Saturday. Addressing the delegation of civil servants at the Supreme Court, the CJP said two factors considered to be crucial enforcement mechanism of rule of law were political fragmentation and the public support for establishing and maintaining the rule of law.
“If the executive does not comply with law,

Why were rules relaxed in Reko Diq lease, asks CJP

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday observed that there was no need to make new rules to facilitate the companies involved in the Reko Diq project when rules of mining and exploration were already in place.
The CJP said this while heading a three-member bench, which also includes Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, which was hearing the case against the lease of Reko Diq gold and copper reserves to Tethyan

Only Balochistan govt can decide Reko-Diq contract: CJP

ISLAMABAD – Reko Diq mines are the property of Balochistan and the elected government of the province alone has the right to enter into a contract regarding the resources, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Wednesday.
The CJP also observed that if Balochistan was given its due share under the current National Finance Commission Award, it would have been the wealthiest province of the country. He said the provincial government did not approach the

Leniency to PCO will become precedence: CJP

ISLAMABAD – Admitting that his oath under the 1999 Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) had been condoned by parliament in 2004, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Monday the court could not allow the judges, who had taken oath under the PCO issued on November 3, 2007, to hold offices as it would become a precedence and “law of necessity”.
The chief justice said this while heading a six-member special bench which was hearing intra-court appeals

SC moved against illegal allotment of plots to former CJP, others

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court was requested on Monday to take suo motu notice of the illegal gratification in allotment of residential plots to the then chief justice of Pakistan Sheikh Riaz Ahmed and others by National Police Foundation (NPF), Islamabad in their Housing Scheme in E-11 Sector of the federal capital.
The application for suo motu notice was filed by Dr Muhammad Aslam Khaki, an Islamic jurist and Supreme Court advocate, under article 184 (3) of the constitution,

CJP warns against underestimating SC’s powers

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday warned against underestimating Supreme Court’s powers, saying people doubting the apex court’s authority should avoid such thinking.
The CJP was heading a three-member bench that included Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani and was hearing a contempt of court petition filed by Independent Media Group (Geo TV) against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

NJP targets largely achieved: CJP

ISLAMABAD – The targets set in the National Judicial Policy two years ago have largely been realised and actions have been taken against the corrupt judicial officers and staff members, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said on Saturday. “In line with the constitutional mandate and with a view to respond to the increasing public confidence in the judiciary, we launched the National Judicial Policy in June, 2009. The targets set by the policy have largely been realised. Actions were

Provision of cheap & quick justice is responsibility of state: CJP

ISLAMABAD – Addressing the meeting of the National Judiciary Policy Committee on Saturday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said to provide cheap and quick justice is the responsibility of the state.
He said Judicial Policy has been evolved to ensure the access to the justice. He said almost all targets of the National Judicial Policy have been achieved

Acquittal in fOREX SCAM case – Inquiry report sent to CJP

KARACHI – The inquiry report into the acquittal of eight suspects in Khanani and Kalia money laundering case was sent to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry on Monday. Earlier, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah had presented the sealed report to Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Musheer Alam. The SHC chief justice had initiated a probe on the directive of CJP, who took suo motu notice of the comments from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General

CJP dismisses Grade-18 officer

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday dismissed Ishtiaq Ahmad, Private Secretary (BPS-18), because of his willful absence from duty during his period of deputation at the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) Secretariat. According to a press release issued by the Supreme Court, Ishtiaq remained absent from 16.1.2010 to 8.6.2010 when he was working on deputation with the FTO Secretariat Lahore. He was directed to report at Quetta, but instead of joining the duty, he

CJP warns future violators of Constitution

ISLAMABAD – If anyone tries to abrogate the constitution in the future, he will have to face unparalleled resentment from the legal-judicial fraternity, civil society and the media, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Saturday.
“In the wake of historic struggle for the restoration of independent judiciary in the country, no adventurer will dare to abrogate or deviate from the constitution. If anyone dared then he would have face unparallel

Where’s the stay order on Punjab govt, asks CJP

ISLAMABAD – Taking notice of statements that the Punjab government was functioning under a stay order granted by the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday said that anyone intending to make such statements must first gather information from the Supreme Court registrar, “instead of maintaining a version which is not supported by the apex court’s record.”
The CJP said this while heading a five-member bench conducting hearing on a case