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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Haqqani's Plea For Video Link Has Been Rejected By Supreme Court

The Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the plea of Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan's ambassador to the US, seeking its direction for the judicial commission to record his statement via video conferencing.
A nine-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry dismissed Haqqani's petition in today's hearing.
On Monday, the SC bench adjourned the hearing till today after Asma Jahangir, counsel for Haqqani, requested for placing on record certain documents.
During the course of brief proceedings, Asma stated that they were not interfering in the functioning of the Commission but on February 10, it passed an order saying that her client should appear in person under the Supreme Court order and its members could not go beyond the order 'which has forbidden it'.
She said her client was neither an accused nor an FIR had been registered against him, but the Commission had prohibited video conferencing.
The Chief Justice told her that they could not go into Commission's proceedings.
He observed that the Supreme Court orders should be respected.
Asma said clients kept on changing and from the very outset of their profession they had been taught such lessons.
She said she also wanted that not only orders of the apex Court should be respected but also the laws of the land.
Naseer Bhutta, counsel for one of the petitioners, also appeared and objected to certain words of the application moved by Husain Haqqani and requested that those should be expunged.
The Chief Justice told him that he might submit an application.

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