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SC to take up Musharraf review petition next week

26 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will take up next week from Monday January 27 important cases, including review petition, filed by former dictator General (R) Pervez Musharraf against the court verdict of July 31, 2009 that had declared the imposition of state of emergency in 2007 as ultra vires of the Constitution.

The court will also take up the appeal filed by the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry, filed against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict of January 14, 2014 that had set aside the government's statutory order of appointing Najam Sethi, a columnist and television anchor as acting Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and reinstated Zaka Ashraf to his post as Chairman PCB.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan would take up on Monday the appeal filed by Asma Jehangir on behalf of Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination against the IHC verdict, reinstating Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman.

The incumbent government of Nawaz Sharif had appointed an Interim Management Committee (IMC) with Najam Sethi as chairman to oversee the PCB affairs but Ashraf was reinstated by an appellate bench of the Islamabad High Court earlier this month. The IPC Ministry prayed to the court to set aside its decision, and restore the IMC.

Similarly, a 14-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani would take up Pervez Musharaf's review petition against its judgment of July 31, 2009, declaring action taken by the former dictator by pronouncing state of emergency on 3rd of November 2007 as well as issuing Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) as illegal and ultra vires of the Constitution.

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