Returning the petition of Jamaat-e-Islami that had sought directives to the federal government to initiate an inquiry into the Panama Leaks, the Supreme Court on Saturday termed it not entertainable on three grounds.
On August 24, making Federation of Pakistan through Ministry Parliamentary Affairs Islamabad respondent, the JI Ameer Sirajul Haq filed the plea under Article 184(3) of the Constitution without mentioning the name of any politician or businessman involved in establishing offshore companies.
Returning the petition with original paper books, the Registrar’s office of the Supreme Court informed the Advocate on Record (AoR) Chaudhry Akhtar Ali on Saturday that the petitioner has not approached any other appropriate forum available to him under the law for a remedy.
“The certificate provided at page 11 of the petition does not fulfil the requirements of a certificate as required under Rule 6 of Order XXV of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980,” the Registrar’s office informed the AoR. The officer further said, “That this petition prima facie appears to be a frivolous petition within the contemplation of Order XVII Rule 5 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980.”
Talking to Business Recorder, General Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asad Manzoor Butt, who had filed the petition on behalf of the JI, said, “We shall exercise our right of appeal to challenge the Registrar’s objections in the matter during next week commencing from August 29.” However, he said that documentary evidence was annexed with the plea but the Registrar office has returned the plea purely on technical grounds.