APNS petition hearing on February 23
ISLAMABAD (February 21 2004): The questions pertaining to the admissibility of All Pakistan Newspaper Society’s petition challenging the validity of Seventh Wage Board and the law on working conditions of newspaper workers will be heard on Monday by Supreme Court.
The case will come up before a new bench to be headed by Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and includes Justice Rana Baghwandas and Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan.
The petitioner’s lead counsel, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, is returning home after medical check-up and treatment on Saturday night or Sunday morning. The case has been hanging fire because of his repeated visits abroad in connection with his illness. Advocates Abid Hassan Manto, Muhammad Akram Sheikh and Raja Muhammad Akram will represent the workers.
At a previous hearing, about half a year back, the Court had put Attorney General Makhdoom Ali Khan under notice for government’s reaction to the APNS prayer.
Two other full benches will also be holding sittings here during the coming week to hear several corporate cases questioning the assessment of customs or excise duties or sales tax as well as some cases involving the building control laws. The other benches are: Second Bench: Justice Mian Muhammad Ajmal, Justice Hamid Ali Mirza and Justice Falak Sher. Third Bench: Justice Deedar Hussain Shah, Justice Khalil-ur-Rahman Ramday and Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar
Source: Business Recorder