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PLD 1977 SC 397

FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN AND OTHERS

Versus

UNITED SUGAR MILLS LTD. KARACHI

Per Muhammad Gul, J.

(a) Constitution of Pakistan (1973), Article 264:

INTERPRETATION –

Interpretation to proceed on basis of text and well known principles — Court not concerned with apportionment of blame on ground of delay etc. and to modulate interpretation accordingly. [p. 408]F

Interpretation of statutes — Constitution (Fourth Amendment) Act (LXXI of 1975), Section 14 — Contention that reference to “a High Court” in Section 14 confined to High Court established under present constitution and does not extend to High Court under any of previous Constitutions, held, untenable — [Interpretation of statutes]. (p. 409) H
Article 264 read with Section 14, Constitution (Fourth Amendment) Act (LXXI of 1975) — Interpretation of statutes — Contention that Section 14 of Amending Act LXXI of 1975 must be read subject to provisions of Article 264 of Constitution — Held, without substance — Phrase “except as otherwise provided in the Constitution” — Ample answer to argument —
[Interpretation of statutes] (p. 410)I

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