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HRCSA filed a petition under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution


A petition has been moved in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the beneficiaries of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) challenging the eligibility of the beneficiaries. The Human Rights Commission of South Asia, Friday filed a petition in the SCP to arrest all the accused who were given relief under NRO and also bring all absconders back to the country through the Interpol. The petitioner while making the federal government, federal secretary Law and Justice, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan, all the provincial government and former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf as party, prayed to the court that the former president promulgated NRO illegally which benefited a number of accused of serious crimes. HRCSA prayed that before the court to proceed against General Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan and therefore the petition requested the court to order the government to take action against the former president through High Treason Act of 1973.


The petitioner stated that after declaring NRO as null and void, 8041 cases among which 7793 cases of serious crimes by people belonged to Sindh were being restored but hearing was not yet been started on any single case since an end to the NRO by November 28. HRCSA also challenged the eligibility of members of the parliament in his petition and added that members concealed many facts from the ECP and got benefits under the infamous NRO. Human Rights Commission south Asia added in his petition that according to Article 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan any convicted or absconder was disqualified to be a member of the parliament. HRCSA therefore requested the court to disqualify all members of the parliament who were benefited under the NRO. All the accused of murder, intent to murder and kidnapping, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, Dr. Imran Farooq, Saleem Shehzad, Kunwar Khalid Younus, Dr. Safdar Baqri and others, who were not granted bail by the courts, should be arrested through Interpol and produced before the courts, prayed the petition. The petition contended that Article 63 of the Constitution (disqualification for members of the parliament) as applicable to the President as for the members of the parliament.