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SC resumes hearing of govt’s appeal against SHC judgement today

ISLAMABAD   –  Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume today (Monday) hearing of the federal government’s appeal against Sindh High Court (SHC) judgement. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Ijazul Ahsan will conduct hearing of the appeal. 

It was September 2, 2020 when a three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed had allowed the federal government appeal and suspended the SHC judgement against the inquiry commission report on sugar mills. In this matter, the court had also issued notices to the sugar mills owners. 

Earlier, the SHC had quashed the fact-finding report on 17-08-2020 and the notifications constituting the Commission of Inquiry. 

Then, the federation had filed an appeal praying to suspend the SHC judgement on August 27, 2020. 

According to the appeal, the SHC upheld Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) contention purely on technical grounds that the summary for constituting the Commission was initiated by Interior rather than Cabinet Division and that the notifications were belatedly published in the official gazette. 

The federation submitted that the SHC judgement made observations about the appointment and role of Advisor/SAPM (Shehzad Mirza), despite the fact that this was neither the issue directly nor argued in detail before the court. 

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