‘Pak SC will not be influenced by martial law threats’

November 14th, 2007 - 8:17 am ICT by admin  
The apex court also clarified that the case would be decided purely on merit setting aside the doctrine of necessity.

Petitioner’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsen had drawn the apex court’s attention towards the widely reported warning by the government officials and ministers that an emergency or martial law could be imposed if the court’s decision went against Musharraf, the Daily Times reported.

Justice Iqbal observed that the statements made by the ministers and officials should not be taken seriously.

Ahsan accused the Musharraf regime’s counsel of deliberately trying to keep the case going on beyond schedule, adding, it only shows that “government has changed its strategy and there’s something wrong behind the scenes”.

Earlier, Attorney General Malik Qayyum contended that Article 41/6 of the Constitution barred the apex court from hearing such petitions.

However, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and Justice Javed Buttar were of opinion that the SC had the jurisdiction to intervene into such cases. (ANI)

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