Nawaz challenges SC verdict in judge video case.

Islamabad: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday challenged the Supreme Court's ruling in a case revolving around a secretly filmed video of former accountability court judge Arshad Malik, who convicted the Pakistan Mulsim League - Nawaz (PML-N) supremo in the Al-Azizia corruption reference.

In his petition, Nawaz contended that the apex court order "is without jurisdiction as it impinges upon the jurisdiction of the learned Appellate Court by pre-judging the issues that may or were/are likely to come before it for adjudication in the appellate jurisdiction under National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 in due course." The petition also objects to the Supreme Court decision to pass a ruling without providing Nawaz an opportunity of a hearing, stating that it is violative of the constitutional guarantee that all citizens will be treated in accordance with the law. "Passing an order with respect to a matter that specifically relates to the rights or interests of a litigant in pending litigation without providing him an opportunity of a hearing is tantamount to depriving him of his right to the protection of the law," the petition read.

Another point raised in the petition is that certain directions in the court order 'constitute micromanaging the judicial functions of the Appellate Court'. The PML-N leader sought the withdrawal of the SC judgement under Article 188 of the constitution that empowers the top court to review its judgments and orders.

In August, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had...

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