ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has accepted for hearing the review petition of Pervez Musharraf, through which he has sought review of the landmark July 31, 2009 verdict about the imposition of emergency on November 2, 2007.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will hear the appeal in the chamber today (Wednesday). Advocate Mohammad Ibrahim Satti had filed the petition on December 23, claiming that the emergency had been clamped on the advice of former prime minister Shaukat Aziz that the security of the country had been imperilled by some actions of certain members of the superior judiciary. The registrar’s office returned the petition the following day, saying it contained intemperate language against judges and that a second review could not be entertained.
The applicant said a petitioner had every right to challenge an order of any court on the ground of bias of the judge. He said that whether a review petition is competent could not be decided by the registrar, and the court had to consider and decide about the competency of the proceedings. “The question of competency or otherwise is the exclusive domain of the court and does not vest in the registrar under the Supreme Court Rules 1980,” the application said. The petition states that only that portion of the judgement which related to Musharraf was is being challenged.
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