Sunday, January 22, 2023

SC to hear pleas for probe into ‘threatening cypher’ in chamber on Jan 24

Applicants seek placement of the matter before a Supreme Court bench

A general overview of the Supreme Court of Pakistans building. — SC website
A general overview of the Supreme Court of Pakistan's building. — SC website
  • SC Registrar's office had returned pleas raising multiple objections.
  • Applicants had demanded a probe of the "threatening cypher".
  • Imran Khan pulled out alleged letter in PTI's March 27, 2022 gathering.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC), on January 24, will hear identical pleas seeking a probe into the alleged "threatening letter" incorporating an alleged international conspiracy to remove former premier Imran Khan's government, reported The News.

Justice Sardar Tariq Masood will hear the appeals challenging the Registrar of the Supreme Court's objections on the petitions.

The petitions were filed in the apex court by Advocates Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Syed Tariq Badar and Naeemul Hassan.

Former prime minister Imran Khan, in a public gathering of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers on March 27, 2022, had pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket and waved it at the crowd, claiming that it was evidence of an "international conspiracy" being hatched to topple his government.

Later, Advocate Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta had first filed a petition in the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, naming the federation of Pakistan and law secretary as respondents.

He had argued that it was an unusual situation that could destabilise the country's law and order by seeding hostility against cordial countries. He had implored the apex court that the respondent may be directed to deliver the "letter" to the civil and military officers to examine.

However, the registrar's office returned the plea objecting that the petitioner had not pointed out what questions of public importance were involved in the case concerning any fundamental rights to invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

The registrar's office added that the plea did not meet the conditions required to invoke the court's extraordinary jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

The registrar's office added that the applicant drew the notice properly, neither mentioning the purpose of the petition nor providing a copy of the petition to the respondent. It stated that the applicant did not draw the petition as per the Supreme Court Rules, 1980.

However, the applicant Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta filed a chamber appeal against the registrar's objections in the apex court and pleaded for his appeal to be accepted and place the matter before the bench of the apex court.

He had stated that his petition was fully apt under Article 184(3) of the constitution and that the registrar's objections to its fixation before the bench were unlawful.