SC judge cautions against repeat of ‘judicial adventure’ – Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Justice Yahya Afridi, a member of the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court which cleared for implementation the recent Reko Diq settlement deal final yr, cautioned his personal courtroom to be taught from the previous and never repeat the judicial journey of using on the ‘unruly horse’ of ‘public coverage’, that too in its advisory jurisdiction beneath Article 186 of the Constitution.

In a notice issued right here on Wednesday, Justice Afridi stated the judicial intrusion of the Supreme Court within the 2013 Supreme Court’s Maulvi Abdul Haq Baloch case, generally known as Reko Diq case, when considered looking back, seems to be a rushed resolution when there was no stay challenge left for dedication.

Though Justice Afridi agreed with the opinion when the quick order got here on Dec 9, 2022, on the time he had stated that he would quickly make clear his response to the extent of “public coverage”.

In its quick order, the Supreme Court had accepted the Reko Diq settlement — that was finalised after three years of intense negotiations and signed by authorities of Pakistan with worldwide mining corporations to beat back looming $10 billion arbitration penalties.

Apex courtroom’s ‘intrusion’ in Reko Diq case seems to be a rushed resolution, says Justice Afridi

The opinion had are available in response to a reference despatched by President Dr Arif Alvi, looking for the opinion of the Supreme Court by asking whether or not the courtroom’s 2013 judgement within the Maulvi Abdul Haque Baloch prevents the governments of Pakistan and Balochistan from getting into into an implementation settlement, or have an effect on their validity, and if enacted, would the proposed Foreign Investment (Protection and Promotion) Bill 2022 be legitimate and constitutional.

“The agreements don’t, prima facie, violate any of the findings recorded in 2013 Abdul Haque Baloch case,” the Supreme Court had responded in a 13-web page quick opinion introduced by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial who was heading the five-judge Supreme Court bench.

In his newest notice, Justice Afridi stated the very mining licence, which was the topic of the petition, had already been cancelled by the suitable licensing authority. In reality, time has proved that the monetary publicity — of $11 billion award — for such a judicial intrusion far exceeded the advantages it aimed to realize and the monetary losses it purportedly claimed to avoid wasting.

Justice Afridi defined that when the courtroom checks the authorized validity of the implementation settlement and the definitive settlement on the touchstone of public coverage, what emerges was not merely a “query of legislation” however an online of advanced industrial mining transaction, transcending worldwide borders, thus giving an increase to ‘polycentric points’.

“In my view, such advanced transactions don’t cross the edge of being justiciable as ‘questions of legislation’ beneath the advisory jurisdiction of this courtroom,” Justice Afridi stated.

Published in Dawn, September 14th, 2023

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