NRO case: govt wants to hire lawyer of its choice

Islamabad: Additional Attorney General KK Agha on Monday told the Supreme Court of Pakistan that the government had not allowed him to appear before the court in the NRO case and wanted to appoint a lawyer of its own choice.
A full bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing an application filed by the federation, challenging the apex court verdict declaring NRO null and void.
The AAG told that he had failed to convince authority concerned in allowing him to plead the case.

Earlier Advocate on Record Raja Abdul Ghafoor submitted his withdrawal certificate in the case and told court that he didn’t want to appear in the court and withdrew from the case.The CJ observed that he could not withdraw form the case before taking direction form the president and the prime minister. The chief Justice directing Ghafoor to argue in the case remarked that the court would reject the government’s review petition if he did not withdraw his decision.

The CJ remarked that it seemed government had no confidence in Attorney General and Additional Attorney General while Lawyer had also been removed form the case if no lawyer would represent the federation then the prime minister would have to appear in the court.

The CJ remarked that on which ground the government had challenged the court’s verdict in NRO case, adding that the court would take up NRO implementation case if the review petition was rejected.

The SC sought record form the law ministry regarding removal of Advocate on Record.The court was told that by the Solicitor General Nasir ALi shah that the file was missing from the record, regarding removal of Raja Abdul Abdul Ghafoor as Advocate on record.On this the court issued so cause notices to the Solicitor General and the Advocate on record.

Moreover, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq sought a to submit reply regarding appointment of lawyer to plead the NRO case.

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