SHC issues notice on petition calling probe into alleged theft of constitution manuscript

September 17, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notice to chief federal law officer to respond on the petition calling for probe into alleged theft of original manuscript of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan.

The petitioner, Agha Syed Atta-u-Allah Shah, chairman of a non-governmental organization, Raah-e-Raast Trust approached the court requesting it to order interior ministry and IG Islamabad to register a case regarding theft of original draft of constitution and probe into the matter.

In the petition, Agha submitted that some news websites have published reports revealing that the original draft of the 1973 Constitution, which bore the signatures of all the then constituent assembly members and president, has been stolen.

He said that parliamentary sources had also confirmed that the original document of the 1973 Constitution was not available in the record and archives of the National Assembly.

The petitioner said that former Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza at the time of approval of the 18th Amendment wanted to see the original document of the Constitution but she was informed that the original draft was missing.

After hearing arguments on the petition’s maintainability, two-judge bench headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi issued notice to attorney general of Pakistan for October 13.

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