Pak SC may prove a roadblock in Benazirs way to Jan 8 polls

November 29th, 2007 - 4:01 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 29 (ANI): There is a possibility that several prominent Pakistani politicians, including former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, may find it difficult to contest the January 8 elections, if the Supreme Court does not validate the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

If the apex court does not legalise the NRO, the Election Commission may have to reject the nomination papers of many leaders.

According to The News, the pending Constitutional petitions regarding the NRO remain a sword hanging over its beneficiaries and some politicians are privately worried about why the petitions challenging the NRO are not being heard by the apex court.

Sources in the Supreme Court said that the date for hearings of most petitions, including this one, would be fixed on Friday.

Under the NRO, which was promulgated on October 5, just a night before the presidential election, political and corruption cases of billions of rupees were withdrawn.

According to the NRO, all the political cases lodged from 1985 to October 12, 1999 were withdrawn, mainly benefiting the PPP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

However, a four-member Supreme Court bench headed by the deposed Chief Justice, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on October 12 directed the Federation that any relief given to any person under the NRO would be subject to the decision of the apex court on these petitions.

Meanwhile, Pakistans Attorney General Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum said that so far the NRO was intact and was being followed for court decisions.
The Supreme Court did not stay the NRO and it is functional, Qayyum said. (ANI)

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