The Supreme Court on Tuesday took a suo motu notice of a jirga’s decision in Balochistan province’s Dera Bugti district to give away 13 girls in marriage to settle a dispute.
Taking the notice, the court summoned MPA Mir Tariq Masuri, who allegedly chaired the jirga, and the 13 girls, who were said to have been declared Wani, to appear before it on Wednesday.
Dera Bugti deputy commissioner, Syed Faisal, told the court today that a tribal council had ordered the barter in early September. He said he did not know their ages but local media said the girls were aged between four and 13.
However, Advocate General Balochistan Amanullah Kanrani could not confirm the incident.
According to reports, the jirga presided over by Masuri, a member of the Balochistan Assembly, and held during the second week of last month in Dera Bugti district’s Bakar area made the decision to resolve a dispute between two tribal groups.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar on Tuesday said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should not rule on the issue of dual national lawmakers until the Supreme Court issued a detailed judgment on the case.
Sattar discussed the issue of dual national lawmakers with Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim in Islamabad. He requested the election commissioner to not proceed on the matter of dual national legislators until the Supreme Court issued a detailed judgment in the case.
Sattar said the MQM would also file a review petition over the apex court’s verdict in the case against dual national lawmakers.
The Supreme Court on Monday resumed the hearing in the case involving alleged disbursement of millions among anti-PPP politicians by the political cell of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) before the 1990 general election.
A bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain was hearing the 1996 petition of Tehriq-i-Istiqlal’s chief Asghar Khan regarding allegations of the ISI’s financing of politicians to prevent the victory of the Pakistan People’s Party.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar said that all found involved in the payout would be held accountable. Moreover, the defence ministry failed to produce the notification about the setting up of the ISI’s political cell.
The chief justice inquired of Attorney General Irfan Qadir as to why the political cell’s notification had not been produced before the bench.
Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza on Thursday said that she had not made up her mind regarding the Supreme Court’s conviction of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
She said she would consider the subject once the detailed verdict on the contempt of court case comes out.
Speaking to media representatives after the National Assembly session, Fehmida said that the Speaker and the judiciary should speak through their rulings and decisions.
She further said that the Supreme Court’s ruling was not a secret document and that the Constitution gave her 30 days to act on the issue.
The speaker expressed dismay that criticism over her position had started even before she could have a role in the matter.
Fehmida said the Constitution was clear and added that whatever decision is taken would be in accordance with the laws and the Constitution.