Pak Attorney General hints at reducing number of Supreme Court judges

November 14th, 2007 - 8:31 am ICT by admin  
Qayyum set aside the impression that military courts would be set up across the country, adding that ‘civilian rule’ would continue to prevail, the Dawn reported.

He also expressed the hope that the emergency would not last long, and would be lifted in a month or two.

Qayyum, however, added that all would depend upon the improvement in the law and order situation.

Unfolding the government’s future strategy, he said that more judges would be asked to take an oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), else the government would fill the vacant seats in a few days.

Commenting on the emergency and the PCO, he said: “It is not martial law by any standard or a military rule, though you can call it emergency-plus.”

Meanwhile, the newly appointed Chief Justice Hamid Hogar has cancelled the old cause list and issued a new one for a four-member bench, comprising himself, Justice Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokhar and Justice M. Javed Buttar.

Admitting that the measures were extra-constitutional, Qayyum said the president had acted with great restraint, at a lesser scale than what had happened in October1999.

On petitions challenging the acceptance of the nomination of Musharraf by the Election Commission, Malik Qayyum deplored that members of the 11-judge bench hearing the petitions were virtually ridiculing the president and the army.

Besides, the counsel for the petitioners had also crossed all limits of decency in their arguments, he alleged.

Ninety-nine per cent of the Constitution is still intact except for a few fundamental rights, which also would not be a permanent feature, Qayyum said. (ANI)

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