PM contempt case: Supreme Court forms new bench for Thursday hearing

The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan

Credit: Xpress Tribune

Published: February 8, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has formed an eight-member bench to hear Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s appeal against contempt charges.

The bench will be headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and will hear the plea on Thursday (tomorrow). Justice Shakirullah Jan is also part of the bench.

Earlier on Wednesday, the prime minister filed an appeal through his lawyer in the Supreme Court against the contempt charges.

Aitzaz had earlier, after the last hearing of the case, told the media that he would advise the prime minister to file an appeal.

“An appeal has been filed. It has been received in the court,” a senior official at the Supreme Court told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The 200-page appeal pointed out 53 legal and constitutional points which emphasise that the prime minister did not go against the Constitution by not writing a letter.


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