SC adjourns hearing as AGP says govt to review legislation curtailing CJP powers

01:48 PM | 1 Jun, 2023
SC adjourns hearing as AGP says govt to review legislation curtailing CJP powers
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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of petitions filed against the Supreme Court (Practice & Procedure) Act, 2023 after the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan told the government would review the legislation that aims at curtailing the powers of the chief justice. 

An eight-judge larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Ayesha Malik, Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Shahid Waheed heard the petitions and adjourned the hearing till next week shortly after it was resumed. 

On April 13, the larger bench had barred the implementation of the law. However, on April 21, the bill notified as law despite restraining orders of the top court. 

The Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act, 2023 establishes a three-member committee consisting of senior judges, including the chief justice, with the power to take suo motu notice. The act aims to ensure transparent proceedings in the apex court and includes the right to appeal. The formation of benches is also addressed, with the committee comprising the CJP and the two senior-most judges responsible for constituting every cause, matter or appeal before the court to be heard and disposed of by a bench, with decisions taken by a majority.

Matters invoking the use of Article 184(3) would first be placed before the committee for review of their public importance with reference to the enforcement of fundamental rights. For the interpretation of the Constitution, a bench comprising no less than five apex court judges would be established. Appeals against any verdict under Article 184(3) would have to be filed within 30 days of the bench's order for a larger SC bench and would be heard within 14 days.

The act extends this right of appeal retrospectively to those aggrieved persons who were subject to an order under Article 184(3) prior to the act's commencement.

The law envisages a three-member committee, comprising the CJP and two senior-most judges, which will via majority form benches as well as decide when to take suo motu action — powers that currently reside with the CJP alone.

After the apex court suspended the law, the parliament approved another version of it, removing sections related to limiting the powers of the top judge but including those on the court’s review jurisdiction in suo moto cases. The new law, titled ‘The Supreme Court (Review of Judgements and Order) Act 2023’ was enacted last week.

During today’s hearing, the AGP said the said law also has other aspects other than the CJP’s powers. He said there are two laws that have similarities in the sections of review and hiring a lawyer. 

He said the Supreme Court (Practice & Procedure) Act, 2023 was more extensive as it carried provisions regarding the internal affairs of the court. He said it was essential to decide which of the two laws should be followed. 

At which, the CJP said the government should hold consultation with the judiciary while making laws related to it. Later, he adjourned the hearing till next week. 


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 25, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 25, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 292 295.15
Euro EUR 317 317
UK Pound Sterling GBP 372.5 376
U.A.E Dirham AED 81.5 82.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 78.55 79.3
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 781.13 789.13
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.22 40.62
Danish Krone DKK 42.35 42.75
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 317 320
Indian Rupee INR 37.93 38.28
Japanese Yen JPY 1.92 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 951.03 960.03
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.23 176.23
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.72 770.72
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 217 219
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 325.12 327.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.31 8.46

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 26, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 210,100 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs180,130.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 26 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Karachi PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Islamabad PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Peshawar PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Quetta PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Sialkot PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Attock PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Gujranwala PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Jehlum PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Multan PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Bahawalpur PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Gujrat PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Nawabshah PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Chakwal PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Hyderabad PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Nowshehra PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Sargodha PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Faisalabad PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587
Mirpur PKR 210,100 PKR 2,587


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