Lawyer challenges NRO in Pak Supreme Court

November 14th, 2007 - 1:53 am ICT by admin  
The Ordinance aims to grant amnesty to all politicians, bankers and bureaucrats from charges relating to misdemeanours, misconduct and misuse of power between 1985 and 2007.

M Aslam Khaki, a Supreme Court advocate, filed the petition under the Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, the Daily Times reported.

Khaki pleaded that the ordinance must be declared unjust, an abuse of authority and a corrupt deal, as it was against the spirit of the Constitution.

President Pervez Musharraf, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao, the MQM and the federation of Pakistan are named as respondents through the Law Ministry.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said that they had succeeded in dividing the Opposition by promulgating the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) that may have helped President Pervez Musharraf to remain in power for another five years.

“We wanted to gain political mileage from it (NRO), and we were successful because Musharraf got votes from all parts of the country,” Aziz and Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Shujaat Hussain said.

The PML and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) played their own politics on the NRO, but the former succeeded in getting Musharraf re-elected, Hussain said.

Aziz had rejected the possibility of a fresh promulgation of the NRO even if the Supreme Court strikes it down. (ANI)

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