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SC concluded 70 suo motu cases: Report
By Tariq Butt September 09, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has concluded 70 suo motu cases according to a report prepared on its orders.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, took suo motu notice of public concerns and intervened in multiple matters.

The first suo motu was taken by him on Jan.1, 2017, in a case pertaining to the torture of teenage girl Tayyaba at the hands of an additional sessions judge and his wife in Islamabad. The duo was convicted of their crime in 2018.

Additional Attorney General Imtiaz Kaifi informed the top judge that the litigants are very grateful to him and added: “Those whose matters have been resolved, raise their hands and pray for the safety of our country.”

“I have only executed my duties, it’s part of my job. I haven’t done anyone any favours. I don’t want any limelight,” Justice Nisar said responding.

Now, the apex court has given  a clear indication to ‘regulate’ its suo motu power, which is widely criticised by superior bars and major political parties as judicial interference in the affairs of other institutions.

A three-judge bench led by Justice Nisar has issued notices to the attorney general of Pakistan, the Pakistan Bar Council and the Supreme Court Bar Association to assist in determining the scope of exercising suo motu jurisdiction under Article 184 (3). Two senior lawyers will also be appointed as amicus to assist in this matter.

Attorney general Anwar Mansoor said that the court wants to examine whether it is overstepping its jurisdiction under Article 184 (3), which allows it to intervene in public interest matters.

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