Pak SC's suo motu powers being withdrawn

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Islamabad, Nov 8 (UNI) Powers of Pakistani Supreme Court to take suo motu notices are being withdrawn through a constitutional amendment to be introduced by President Pervez Musharraf.

Local daily The News quoted Gen Musharraf's aides as telling him that since he had the powers to amend the Constitution, it will be advisable to make certain changes in the document to remove the bottlenecks and other irritants in the basic document.

They warned that if not done, he would again face problems that confronted him, particularly at the hands of the Supreme Court.

Gen Musharraf asked the ruling coalition to form a committee in collaboration with the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to suggest amendments in the Constitution.

''We have now to keep in view our experience over the past few years when the Constitution was in operation,'' Gen Musharraf was quoted as saying in the meeting.

In his address to the nation on the day of the imposition of emergency, the suspension of the Constitution and the promulgation of the PCO, the president had mentioned the suo motu cases being heard by the apex court.

According to an estimate, over 500 complaints were being received every day from the general public by a special cell which was set up by deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during his incumbency on a multitude of problems.

A majority of these petitions were referred to the concerned departments for redressing the grievances of the applicants. A monitoring system has also been put in place.

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