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CJP Isa wants judges to let lawyer complete arguments in Supreme Court Practice and Procedure case

02:58 PM | 10 Oct, 2023
CJP Isa wants judges to let lawyer complete arguments in Supreme Court Practice and Procedure case
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ISLAMABAD – A full court bench headed by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa resumed hearing petitions challenging the SC (Practice and Procedure) Act on Tuesday.

The 15-member full bench also include Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Ayesha A. Malik, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Shahid Waheed and Justice Musarrat Hilali.

The hearing is being broadcast live on state-run PTV.

During yesterday's hearing, the chief justice had observed that parliament approved the law with "good intentions".

Today's Hearing

At the outset of the hearing, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) lawyer Faisal Siddiqui started submitting arguments. He said he would submit arguments on the apex court's ruling on the law curtailing CJP powers and would give reference from the Baz Kakar case. 

The lawyer said he would also give response to a query made by Justice Malik regarding the use of world "law" in the Article 191. 

At this point, Justice Ahsan intervened, saying he wanted to ask a question. However, CJP asked the lawyer to complete his arguments, saying: "Every member of the bench wanted to ask the question but the lawyer should be given time to wrap up his arguments".

The lawyer then argued that when the top court's rules were being made the definition of law was written, adding that there was no ambiguity about the meaning of the world law.

"You mean the definition of law is written in Supreme Court Rule,"Justice Akhtar questioned. However, it irked the CJP Isa, who then asked the bench members to let the lawyer complete the arguments. 

However, Justice Akhtar responded that as a member of the bench, it was his right to raise questions.

The CJP said it was obvious but the lawyer must be allowed to complete the arguments first. 

At one point, Justice Ahsan remarked the parliament had made an attempt to interfere in the independence of the top court by enacting the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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