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Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists,

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has admitted for hearing a constitutional petition of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), seeking formation of a high-powered judicial commission under an apex court judge to probe the Saleem Shahzad murder case, and the first hearing will be held on Friday (today).

According to SC Registrar Dr Faqeer Hussain, a three-member Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Tariq Mahmood and Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, will hear the petition.

The PFUJ, invoking Article 184-3 of the constitution, has sought the SC order about formation of a high-powered judicial commission under a Supreme Court judge to probe the mysterious circumstance in which renowned journalist Saleem Shahzad was kidnapped and killed.

The petition also seeks the apex court instructions to the administrative and law-enforcing authorities to appoint a competent police officer to investigate the Saleem Shahzad case and provide complete protection to the journalists.

Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Munir A Malik would represent the PFUJ in the court, in which the federation has been made the respondent party

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