ISLAMABAD: Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for the prime minister in contempt of court proceedings, on Thursday presented before the Supreme Court (SC) UN report on immunity for Heads of States, Geo News reported.
The report, titled "Preliminary report on immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction" was tabled during 60th session of United Nations General Assembly in 2008.
The SC has directed the counsel to complete his arguments today.
The seven-member bench, led by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk and comprising of Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed, is hearing the case.
On Wednesday, the court heard the arguments about the immunity enjoyed by the Heads of States under international laws.
Aitzaz cited Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, and Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963, besides State Immunity Ordinance (vi) of 1981.
He said a head of state enjoyed absolute immunity under the international laws under jurisdiction from all domestic courts all over the world in all civil and criminal matters.
He said such an immunity had been held out by all courts without invoking it.
He said the purpose of these laws was the immunity for diplomatic missions and to the benefits of individuals performing functions for a state.
About bench's question, he replied that Article 31 of the Convention 1961 did not apply directly to a head of state but held through judicial verdicts as a head of state was treated under customary laws in separate category.
To make his point, he cited verdicts entitled AM Qureshi and Mighall vs Sultan of Jahpur.


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