Members of the Firm have been involved in several of the most important constitutional cases in Pakistan’s recent history. For example, members of the Firm assisted senior counsel in representing Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in her constitutional petition before the Supreme Court of Pakistan challenging the dissolution of Parliament in 1996. Subsequently, members of the Firm also assisted senior counsel in challenging the introduction of military courts before the Supreme Court. The Firm also assisted senior counsel in the case of Asfandyar Wali before the Supreme Court in challenging the constitutionality of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999. The decision in the Asfandyar Wali case resulted in a number of amendments being brought in the said Ordinance. The Firm also assisted senior counsel in representing the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif, with respect to a petition challenging the mode of his trial and the denial of his right to counsel. Members of the Firm have also handled a number of Exit Control List cases.
The Firm assisted the Attorney General for Pakistan before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in successfully seeking the suspension of orders of acquittal passed by the Lahore High Court in the alleged gang rape of Mukhtaran Mai. The Firm assisted the Attorney General for Pakistan in a reference filed by the President of Pakistan before the Supreme Court of Pakistan successfully questioning the constitutionality of the “Hisba Bill” whereby the legislative assembly of the then North-West Frontier Province had sought to create religious ombudsmen at the various levels of government with broad powers to enforce the injunctions of Islam. The Firm also assisted the Attorney General in the second “Hisba Bill” reference which was filed before the Supreme Court.
The Firm assisted the Attorney General in a large number of cases before the Supreme Court of Pakistan wherein the vires of section 2-A of the Service Tribunals Act, 1973 were challenged. The Firm assisted the Attorney General in litigation regarding the constitutionality of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. More recently, the Firm was engaged to assist senior counsel in a petition relating to the appointment of Judges as provided by the 18th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution. This litigation was successful, resulting in the landmark judgment reported as Munir Hussain Bhatti v. Federation of Pakistan. The Firm also assisted senior counsel in an important Supreme Court matter dealing with the issue of concurrent provincial and federal taxes and their legality in terms of Article 151(3)(b) of the Constitution. That litigation also succeeded in that the Supreme Court set aside the judgment of the High Court of Sindh and remanded the matter back to the High Court of Sindh for examination of the points raised.
Members of the Firm have also been involved in a number of important privatisation cases. Members of the Firm were involved in preparing the review petition challenging the decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan striking down the privatisation of the Pakistan Steel Mills. More recently, members of the Firm assisted senior counsel in successfully defending the privatisation of Habib Bank Limited. The Firm was also engaged by the Privatization Commission to work with international counsel as local counsel in the issuance of a US$ 500 million exchangeable bond. Members of the Firm have also represented the Privatisation Commission in cases dealing with the privatisations of certain government-owned industries.
The Firm has also been engaged in a number of cases dealing with important government contracts and tenders. The Firm is representing one of the major parties involved in the dispute pending before the Supreme Court regarding the commercialisation of the Railways Golf Club. The Firm has previously assisted senior counsel in a large number of cases dealing with the award and termination of government contracts, including a dispute regarding the termination of the contract licensing NTM to broadcast on television and the award of a tender regarding the construction of an edible oil terminal.
The Firm is acting for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan in matters in which the vires of the law establishing the Commission has been challenged.