ISLAMABAD: Aitzaz Ahsen, a counsel for the respondents in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG quota case, informed a three-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday that he had withdrawn himself as a counsel from the case.
He requested the bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, to grant some time to his client for engaging another counsel. The court accepted his request and adjourned the hearing for second week of March.
To a court query, the petitioner Khawaja Muhammad Asif, a PMLN legislator, stated that he had no objection over the withdrawal of Aitzaz Ahsen as counsel.
However, Khawaja Asif told the court that national exchequer was suffering from the huge loss on daily basis, thus the case may be heard on priority basis. The court then told him that it would not hear his contentions today Thursday as Mr Ahsen had withdrawn from the case.
The court said he would have to present his contentions on next hearing, when another counsel will be available. In his petition, Khawaja Asif had requested the court to order transparent award of LPG quota in line with the already laid down policy.