Divide on use of suo motu powers

Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERSRepresentational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa wants to determine and lay down the scope and parameters for the exercise of the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution. The big challenge, however, is going to be evolving consensus among Supreme Court judges, who have had a different approach in exercising public interest jurisdiction in the past.

It is debatable whether all judges will be unanimous in structuring the chief justice’s discretionary powers in initiating public interest litigation. A full court meeting was held on February 6, but there is no official confirmation whether the judges even discussed the issue or not, let alone any possible path they will follow.

It has also been learned that no SC official was present during the two-hour full

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