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State not ready to take on corruption: CJ Iftikhar

03 September, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday observed if the state was not ready to do anything on corruption, the court would impose a liability whosoever would be responsible, as no one seemed to be pursuing the case.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, resumed the case of alleged corruption and illegalities in the construction of the New Islamabad Airport.

During the hearing, the chief justice asked Additional Attorney General (AAG) Shah Khawer about the Federation's reply regarding the appointment of DG Civil Aviation whether it was according to the rules or not.

Khawer apprised the bench that under the Civil Aviation Ordinance 1982, there were two qualifications as he should be in service for the last 18 years or remained as pilot-in-commander, and apparently he fulfilled the qualification.

He further informed the bench that according to the reply of the Ministry of Defence, Khalid Chaudhry had fulfilled the criterion of this post and was justified for this appointment. He requested the bench for some time to file an accurate reply of the Federation in this regard, as he had no clear instructions by the competent authority.

The chief justice remarked that still no appropriate and satisfactory reply was made by the Federation which showed a lack of interest of the state. If no one is willing to run this case in a true manner and spirit, then the court has to impose liability whosoever was responsible, the CJ added.

Meanwhile, Obaid-ur-Rahman Abbasi, the counsel for the Civil Aviation Authority, appeared and informed the bench that the process of fuel handling was completed and the contract handed over to the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Attock Oil Company as a joint venture.

He further stated that although Al-Tariq Construction Limited had accomplished its 95 percent work but the said company caused a delay in the process of construction.Later, the bench adjourned further hearing till September 3.

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