The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of petitions against certain clauses of the 18th Amendment till June 28. A 17-judge full court heard various identical petitions against clause the 18th Amendment. During the proceeding, Supreme Court Bar Association’s counsel Hamid Khan said the parliamentary committee had mentioned the Charter of Democracy (CoD) in its report regarding constitutional reforms. Responding to which Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said the reference to CoD was needless and should not have been brought up at the hearing. Chief Justice Iftikhar further said that the CoD was a political document as opposed to being a legal or constitutional one and that the judiciary should not be dragged into political issues. ‘We are meant here to review the 18th Amendment,’ he said. The judiciary's function is to interpret the constitution as opposed to delineating on pacts between political groups, he said. — DawnNews
By: Dawn News


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