Pakistan's supreme court to hear NRO petitions

09:04, December 07, 2009      

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan will start hearing the clubbed petitions against beneficiaries of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on Monday.

The Pakistani government said on Saturday that it will not defend NRO in the Supreme Court when a 17-member bench starts the hearing.

The Geo TV quoted Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan Agha Tariq, who will be a member of the attorney general's team in the Supreme Court, as saying that the government will not defend the NRO in the Supreme Court. "However, if any individual in the government, who is affected by it, wants to defend it then we will not stop him," he added.

State Minister for Law Afzal Sindhu, however, said that Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's speeches on the floor of the National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament, would be the basis of the government decision to take a position on the NRO.

The prime minister has been criticizing the notorious legislation in parliament.

Sindhu said that the lawyers' arguments may take two to three days, giving the government enough time to make a formal decision on defending or opposing the NRO.

The minister said that he had given enough hint about the government's strategy to be adopted on the NRO petitions. He again emphasized that the prime minister's words in parliament would be the guiding line. "You, yourself, can be the best judge what the prime minister has been saying in the National Assembly," he said.

Acting Attorney General of Pakistan Shah Khawar said that he has still not been informed by the government of Pakistan about its strategy. Khawar said that he would appear in the court as the acting attorney general but would have to follow the policy of the government.

Source: Xinhua
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