Two Hails for the Judges…

CJ denies relief under NRO

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday observed nobody could be granted relief under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) till the petitions challenging its legality were adjudicated.

The chief justice observed this during hearing of a review petition filed by a sacked DSP, Mehr Muhammad Baqir, who was sentenced by the accountability court on corruption charges. The decision was later upheld by the high court as well as the Supreme Court….

But this is only a start. I just wonder still WHEN — if ever — those petitions challenging the legality of granting relief under NRO will be adjudicated. For me there is no doubt about their illegality nor any doubt about the illegality of the NRO itself.

LHC orders release of Hafiz Saeed

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered the release of Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and another leader of the group, Col (retd) Nazir Ahmad, observing that the government had insufficient grounds to detain them.

The order was announced by a three-member full bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry, while accepting a habeas corpus petition filed against the detention of Hafiz Saeed through his counsel AK Dogar.

Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan and Justice Zubda-tul-Hussain were other members of the bench. “After hearing the learned counsel for the parties and perusal of the case law on the subject as well as the material produced by the learned law officers in chamber, for the reasons to be delivered later on, with a unanimous view, we have held that this writ petition in the form of habeas corpus is maintainable as prima facie the government has no sufficient grounds to detain the petitioners for preventive measures,” the court observed.

It further observed: “So far as the UN resolution is concerned, there is no matter before us about its vires and the government can act upon the same in letter and spirit, if so advised, but relying upon the same their detention cannot be maintained as it was even not desired thereby….

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