'Semi-final break' sought in NAB case.

ISLAMABAD -- Cricket fever appeared to grip the Supreme Court on Tuesday as the government's counsel requested the bench to put off the hearing of a crucial NAB case for a day to enable everyone to watch Pakistan play New Zealand in the T20 World Cup semi-finals in Sydney today (Wednesday).

The chief justice wished the green shirts success, but said the hearing would continue as scheduled and the court would try to wrap things up before the match begins.

The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, was hearing a case related to challenges by former prime minister Imran Khan to the August amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).

The debate was initiated at the fag end of Tuesday's hearing when the federal government's senior counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan requested the three-judge SC bench not to take up the matter on Wednesday since the clash was scheduled for 1pm, coinciding with the time when the case was due to resume.

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The senior counsel suggested the matter be adjourned until Thursday.

Apparently agreeing with the suggestion, the CJP observed that he had no idea the match would be played at that time.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, a member of the bench, while pointing towards senior counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed, who is representing the petitioner, observed that since the counsel was very fond of cricket, the case should not be taken up on Wednesday.

Khawaja Haris, however, insisted that the case should be heard as per schedule since the matter was of utmost significance and has already been delayed.

'Will you mind if we continue watching the match on our iPads while you argue the case tomorrow,' quipped Justice Shah.

Makhdoom Ali Khan then cited a similar happening when during the course of heated arguments a few years ago, a judge in the United Kingdom observed in court: 'Gentlemen, you may be interested in knowing that England have scored so many runs for so many wickets.'

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