Pakistani-American Moves SC to Get Verdict Implemented
Islamabad : A US national of Pakistani origin, Raza Waheed Mian, last Friday filed an application requesting the Supreme Court to get its orders regarding the payment of $3.5 million to Mian by the government of Pakistan implemented.
The applicant submitted that in its verdict on July 2, 2009, the SC had directed the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to resolve the dispute amicably, which the SBP’s lawyer had agreed to.
The application added that the lawyer was also asked to submit a report in this regard on the next hearing of the case, but the SBP did not submit the requested report and even the court did not take up the case for hearing despite its being placed on the cause list.
Quoting one of the objectives of the new judicial policy in his application, Mian said priority should be given to disposal of trade, commercial and investment cases, adding that banking, tax, duty and levy cases should be decided within six months.
He requested the court to hear his cases at the earliest and direct the SPB to pay the dues with interest.
Mian said that despite the court’s orders that the appeal should be heard on a priority basis, the appeal was listed for hearing on March 25, 2010, an over eight month-hiatus from the date of last hearing.
“I planned accordingly and came to Pakistan, but the appeal was discriminatingly dropped from the final cause list without giving any reason, though the other cases before and after the appeal were fixed according to the sequence of the proposed list,” the applicant added.
He said he had submitted several applications to the chief justice of Pakistan for fixation of the case, but no action was taken on any of them.
“I believe that those applications were intercepted and not put before the CJ”, he added.