Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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SC allows Khurshid Shah to become party in NAB chairman appointment case

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ISLAMBAD: Supreme Court (SC) has allowed opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Syed Khurshid Shah to become party in chairman NAB appointment case and has sought reply from him till April, 14.

A 2-member bench of SC headed by Justice Khilji Arif Hussain took up NAB chairman appointment case here Thursday.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked “ No one should remain under any delusion. The court has to give decision with respect to chairman NAB. The court has given observation on appointment of chairman NAB. It is better opposition leader should be party so that review could not be made. No one would have any objection if government and opposition had jointly selected a neutral person. Prime facie if any consultation takes place in this matter then we will give decision after asking from the opposition leader in details. Therefore, it is better he is heard earlier.

Justice Dost Muhammad Khan observed “ We can not accept corruption on any count in this country. NAB has been placed under law minister through an amendment in the law.

Hamid Khan counsel for Imran Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan counsel for Khurshid Shah and the petitioner Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi appeared in the court.

Naqvi took the plea in his arguments that NAB ordinance has been violated in the process of appointment of chairman NAB. Appointment has been made through compromise.

Justice Khilji remarked “ don’t say this as they are elected representatives.

Justice Dost Muhammad Khan observed “ if you have to make start this way then how can we hear you ahead.

Justice Khilji remarked “ use proper words about Khurshid Shah. Aitzaz Ahsan has objection over what type of words you are using. Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi said Khurshid may also be made party in this case. Aitzaz Ahsan made this request on behalf of Khurshid Shah too. .Counsel for Imran Khan said he had no objection over it. The court also took up for hearing KPK Local Bodies case in the meantime. Advocate General KPK told the court that situation has been changed abruptly in the wake of court’s orders. I am waiting now what reply the other provinces give on the orders of court. Government is reviewing the effects of court’s decision. Time be given for filing reply in this regard. The court allowed him two weeks time for presenting reply.} else {