Latest News Pakistan: A four-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its verdict on a petition regarding the contempt of court cases against PCO judges.
The bench rejected the PCO judges’ petitions and has summoned nine PCO judges on February 21.
The verdict said contempt of court proceedings will go ahead against the PCO judges.
Moreover, the bench requested Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to constitute a separate bench to hear a petition requesting to issue contempt notices to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, former premier Shaukat Aziz and the corps commanders at the time of the imposition of the November 3, 2007 emergency.
The four-judge SC bench comprising Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez had been hearing contempt cases against Justice (retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar, former chief justice of the Supreme Court; Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, former chief justice of the Lahore High Court; and eight sitting judges — Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain of the Supreme Court and Justices Khurshid Anwar Bhinder, Hamid Ali Shah, Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Hasnat Ahmed Khan, Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi, Yasmin Abbasey and Jehan Zaib Rahim of different high courts.
The judges were facing contempt charges for taking oath under the PCO in defiance of a restraining order issued by a seven-judge bench on November 3, 2007, moments after the proclamation of emergency by Pervez Musharraf.