Pakistan Government has won the first round of NRO case….Yes it wanted to delay implementation of NRO judgment and has won the first round. The case has been adjourned till November 1, 20210 giving a new lease of life to the government and dashing the hopes of “political actors”. On the other hand, the PM has started implementing NRO judgment of the Supreme Court, though selectively. The first one to face the axe is ex-husband of a PPP leader. The Express Tribune has reported from Islamabad that Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has dismissed National Reconciliation Order (NRO) beneficiaries, convicted executive director of the Printing Corporation of Pakistan and managing director of the Federal Employees Benevolent Fund on Wednesday.
A notification from the Prime Minister’s house has been issued to both NRO beneficiaries. Director of the PCP, Pir Mukarum-ul-Haq had previously been sentenced by a Rawalpindi accountability Court to seven years rigorous imprisonment and 10 million rupees fine for wasting the state’s resources. MD of the Federal Employees Benevolent and Group Insurance Funds – Sadiq Ali Khan has also been dismissed. He was sentenced on 14th August, 2009.
The dismissals come at a time when the government is under considerable pressure as the Supreme Court is set to hear the NRO review case.
It has also been reported in the Business Recorder that Supreme Court accepted Federation‘s plea seeking approval to substitute its counsel to plead its review case on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) decision and fixed hearing of the case for Nov 1. The 17-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in its order said that keeping in view of the importance of all the aspects and in the larger interest of dispensation of justice, the application moved by Sardar Latif Khan Khosa was accepted, enabling him to argue the review petition on behalf of the Federation. The bench also directed the counsel to submit with the Registrar office a certificate obtained from the Pakistan Bar Council about revival of his practice. The further hearing was adjourned to next date after making it a subject to availability of the bench.
Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has resigned from the portfolio of Advisor to the Prime Minister and has been engaged by the Federation to represent its stance on pending NRO review petition. At the outset of proceedings, the bench asked Sardar Latif Khan Khosa to submit an application showing reasons for change of Barrister Kamal Azfar under Order 26 of the Rules 6 of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice told him that previously the Advocate on Record was willing to withdraw the Federation’s plea and it was the bench that advised him to consider his client’s interests. Similarly, he pointed out to him certain implications in filing of amended review pleas. The Chief Justice said that a misunderstanding was created that the Court was not accommodating their pleas. Attorney General for Pakistan Molvi Anwarul Haq told the bench that Kamal Azfar was in fact made Advisor to the Prime Minster on Disaster Management.
On October 11, a three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice had declined Federation’s plea seeking reasonable time to engage another counsel in its review appeal against the NRO verdict after its counsel Barrister Kamal Azfar was made Advisor to the Prime Minister. Raja Abdul Ghafoor, Advocate on Record (AOR) had filed a Civil Miscellaneous Application seeking time to engage another counsel on behalf of the Federation in C.R.P No. 129/2010 in Constitution Petition No. 76/2007. The Federation requested that Barrister Kamal Azfar, who was representing Federation in C.R.P 129/10, has now been appointed as advisor to the prime minister and prayed for appropriate time to engage another counsel. The review cases relating to the NRO have been fixed before a 17-member larger bench for Oct 13 as Barrister Kamal Azfar, in his earlier application had also asked for general adjournment for a period of 22-09-10 to 10-10-10 which was allowed by the Chief Justice.