Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial while reserving his opinion on the presidential reference filed regarding the Reko Diq project has said that he was happy that the Reko Diq Agreement had been assured to abide by international standards.
A five-member larger bench of the Apex Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the presidential reference related to the Reko Diq project where the Supreme Court completed the hearing on the presidential reference and reserved its opinion.
The Supreme Court will announce its opinion on the presidential reference next week.
During the hearing, the Chief Justice inquired that the court would be careful on the issue of fundamental rights while giving its opinion on the presidential reference. Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that the President had sought opinion on the legal challenges of the Reko Diq Agreement but the fact was that Pakistan was fined several billion dollars.
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that the federal government had complied with the constitution and the law in the Reko Diq Agreement.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan said that it was a good thing that the agreement was not called illegal by either side.
Deputy Attorney General said that the Reko Diq agreement had been negotiated for three years.
Earlier on October 5, President Dr. Arif Alvi had approved the filing of a reference in the Supreme Court on the Reko Diq project.