Rumours of setting up two SCs to resolve judges issue in Pak surface

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Islamabad, May 10 : If sources close to the Presidential camp in Islamabad are to be believed, as part of the draft constitutional package, a new proposal to set-up two parallel Supreme Courts is being discussed to resolve the deposed judges' restoration issue.

While the one would be headed by deposed chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to deal only with criminal and civil cases, the other would be led by the incumbent Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, to look after the constitutional matters.

Justice Dogar will have all the suo motu powers, and would handle the real issues that worry the presidency and the Zardari House, The News quoted the sources as saying.

The new constitutional court to be headed by Justice Dogar, whom Musharraf and Asif Zardari reportedly do not want to lose, would be named as the Federal Constitutional Court (FCC). It would be exclusively empowered to deal with all the constitutional issues, such as the interpretation of the Constitution, the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), constitutional controversies, the validity of President Musharraf and most importantly the suo motu actions.

The court to be headed by Iftikhar Chaudhry would be a sort of an appellate court on the high courts of the four provinces. This court will consist of the deposed colleagues along with some of the PCO judges.

The new constitutional package also envisages the formation of a parliamentary committee to scrutinise the judges as it was envisaged in the Charter of Democracy (CoD).

But, the above has not been confirmed by the federal law ministry, said the paper.

According to the paper, the new proposal contemplates the creation of a Federal Constitution Court, which would be headed by Justice Dogar with seven judges on the bench.

The status of both the courts with respect to perks and privileges of the judges, however, shall be at par and judges from one court to another court shall be transferable through exercise of executive authority.

ANI

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