Judges ‘disagree’ on harnessing suo motu powers

Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERSRepresentational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Instead of regularising the public interest jurisdiction through amending its rules, the Supreme Court has resolved that it will exercise its suo motu jurisdiction ‘in accordance with the Constitution’.

“The issue of the exercise of jurisdiction under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution was discussed threadbare from all possible angles and it was affirmed that such jurisdiction will be exercised in accordance with the Constitution,” say minutes of the February 6 full court meeting.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa had called the full court to consider the amendment in order XXV Supreme Court Rules relating to the exercise of powers under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution as proposed by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) last year.

The SCBA former president Peer Kaleem Khursheed had submitted

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