‘Pak SC not to enter into political controversies’

November 14th, 2007 - 8:14 am ICT by admin  
Justice Javed Iqbal is heading the 11-member Supreme Court bench hearing petitions challenging President Pervez Musharraf’s candidature,

“We’ve made it clear that we have no intentions to enter into political controversy,” Justice Iqbal said.

Attorney General Qayyum submitted before the court that the EC examined a candidate’s eligibility for elections and its decisions could be challenged in the High Court under Article 190 of the Constitution.

He said that the SC was belittling the High Courts and interfering in their domain by taking up these petitions.

Qayyum said the presidential election could not be questioned before any court under Article 41 (6).

He said that presidential candidate Justice (retired) Wajeehuddin’s petition was not maintainable because none of his fundamental rights had been infringed upon.

Qayyum said that a case on fundamental rights required the candidate to point out an infringement.

He said there was a proper procedure to be followed and the SC could not directly intervene in it.

Justice Javed Iqbal observed that the points raised in the petition had not been raised in any earlier petition and it was important to hear the case.

He said the court had no intention to enter into others’ territory, but if the elections were not free and fair, it would have to step in, the Daily Times reported. (ANI)

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