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LPG quota pact lacks transparency: CJP

LPG quota pact lacks transparency: CJP

jistisISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan , Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while conducting hearing of LPG quota petition, has said that the accord which had been signed with Jamshoro Joint Venture lacks transparency, saying that basic rules and regulations regarding transparency have been intentionally set aside while signing many contracts

Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday conducted hearing of LPG quota petition which Khawaja Asif had filed three years ago.

Chief Justice, while passing his remarks said that the accord which had been signed with Jamshoro Joint Venture lacks transparency. Basic rules and regulations regarding transparency have been intentionally set aside while signing many contracts, Chief justice said.

He said that the Reko Diq mining contract can also be presented as a citation in this regard.

Advocate Azhar Siddique on the part of private company said that Khawaja Asif himself is a businessman and has ideal relations with a business icon.

Another learned counsel Irfan Qadir argued that Khawaja Asif is not handling the issues with clean hands.

Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked that this plant is profitable for companies. Irfan Qadir was of the view that the petitioner has leveled corruption charges against them.

Chief Justice said that your companies are seldom seen anywhere, adding that you put the name of your companies whenever you would like to do so.

Chief Justice also emphasized that the apex court is not going to cancel the contract; rather it is laying emphasis on transparency. The court would conduct next hearing of the case on October 22(Today).

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