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SC rejects Musharraf's review pleas for being 'time barred'

31 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Pervez Musharraf's two review petitions, through which he sought review of July 31, 2009 verdict of the apex court, terming them "time-barred".

The 14-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Thursday resumed the hearing of the case. The court said the plea was not filed in the stipulated time and that the review petitions did not fulfil the criteria of merit, thus were not maintainable. In its brief decision, the court said that Musharraf's applications are time-barred and did comply with merit. The court said that its July 31, 2009 decision provided grounds for the NRO case and high treason case against the former military ruler.

The court announced its decision after lawyers concluded their arguments over the petitions. Musharraf's attorney Shariffuddin Pirzada argued the case, stating that the conflict between the then president and the former chief justice of Pakistan began when the army chief summoned him. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja asked the attorney to show him the paragraph in the plea regarding the alleged bias of ex-CJP Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry. The court asked whether the permission for another extra-constitutional step was being sought, to which the attorney replied "no".

Musharraf had filed the petitions last month, seeking review of the July 31, 2009 SC verdict in which the court had denounced the successive military takeovers of the last four decades and declared Musharraf's 2007 emergency unconstitutional. Musharraf had challenged the verdict after four years.

Disposing of Pervez Musharraf's appeal against registrar office on January 8, Supreme Court (SC) judge Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had referred the matter about maintainability of Musharraf's review petition against July 31, 2009 verdict to a larger bench for deciding it. Justice Jamali heard Musharraf's appeal in his chamber against the SC registrar office order for not entertaining his review petition, seeking review of the landmark July 31, 2009 verdict about imposition of emergency.

On the other hand, Musharraf's counsel Ibrahim Satti said that he would file an application regarding hearing of their review petition on January 15. On behalf of Musharraf, Satti appeared before Justice Jamali in his chamber and gave arguments regarding objections, raised by the SC registrar office on the review petition.

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