Musharraf fears negative Supreme Court ruling

November 14th, 2007 - 2:07 am ICT by admin  
Musharraf’s latest request to former premier Benazir Bhutto to delay her homecoming is the outcome of the same fear.

Attorney General Justice (retired) Malik Qayyum also furthered such fears by saying that if the President does not get a green signal from the Supreme Court, the presidential election would be held afresh.

The government was happy on October 5 when the 10-Judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Javed Iqbal in a short order, neither stayed the presidential election nor barred Musharraf from contesting, but only directed the Election Commission not to notify the result of the elections till the disposal of the petitions by the apex court.

Thrilled by the short order certain government functionaries distributed sweets the same day. On October 6, after the unofficial victory of Musharraf, top government functionaries and ruling coalition bigwigs publicly expressed jubilation the win.

However, the withholding of the formal announcement of this victory by the Supreme Court later started haunting the minds of the rulers.

On October 17th, a reconstituted larger bench of the SC comprising 11 judges would again start hearing the case and is expected to adjudicate upon the petition within this month.

In any case, it would come out with its verdict before November 15, the cut-off date for Musharraf to leave his military office.

The Supreme Court has been reconstituting and enlarging the bench, hearing petitions against Musharraf’s candidature, because of one reason or the other.

On the request of presidential candidate Justice (retired) Wajihuddin Ahmed’s lawyers for a full court, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had previously enlarged the bench to 10 judges to take up their petition against Musharraf’s candidacy, declared valid by the Chief Election Commissioner.

Interestingly the Jamaat-e-Islami, which on Wednesday filed a review petition in the apex court against the Supreme Court’s September 28 decision that dismissed constitutional petitions challenging President’s dual office on technical grounds, has prayed for the formation of the full court.

If its review petition is clubbed with the petitions of Justice (retired) Wajihuddin and others then the question of reconstituting the bench would reoccur again, The News reported. (ANI)

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