ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court has observed that the apex court will continue to play its role without fear or favour in the interest of establishing adherence to the Constitution and maintenance of rule of law in the society. The apex court always welcomes healthy, constructive and fair comments on the merits of the decisions in good faith and without impugning the integrity or impartiality of the judge, and expects that unwarranted and uncalled for comments would be avoided because judgments are based on law and Constitution, says the clarification of the Supreme Court issued on Saturday. According to the details, the clarification was issued over the statement of Syed Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister for Labour & Manpower, in which he had said: We want to strengthen the judiciary but it is over-stepping its mandate and interfering in administrative decision making ranging from fixing the price of sugar to validating the promotion of civil servants from BPS 21 to 22. The SC clarification said: Following the Constitution, it had played its due role, assigned to it by the Constitution and the law and the given facts are self-explanatory in this regard and the apex court is mandated to, inter alia, protect the right of citizens to provide them justice and save them from discrimination. Regarding fixation of the price of sugar, the SC clarified that six separate civil petitions impugning the order dated 3.9.2009 passed by the Lahore High Court were filed in the apex court, one on behalf of Pakistan Sugar Mills Association bearing No.1709/2009, one on behalf of Mecca Sugar Mills (Pvt) Ltd., bearing No. CP1746/2009, two on behalf of Sheikhoo Sugar Mills Ltd bearing No.C.P.Nos.1747 & 1748/2009, one on behalf of Federal Govt bearing No. CP 1801/2009 & and one on behalf of Abdul Quddus Mughal bearing CP No.2015-L/2009. It is pertinent to mention here that Lahore High Court passed an order to ensure the availability of sugar in open market at the price of Rs40 per kg. Therefore, the Supreme Court heard the case under Appellate jurisdiction and appointed a one-man Commission comprising incumbent chairman of Competition Commission of Pakistan for ascertaining the cost of sugar and profit margin and submit a report after hearing all the stakeholders. The commission submitted its report and the Supreme Court directed Secretary Finance to discuss the said report with all the Chief Secretaries with regard to solution of the problems and ensure that at least non-industrial consumers, whose shares in demand is stated to be 30 %, get the sugar at the rate of Rs40 per kg until final determination. The Secretary Finance informed the court that a meeting of all stakeholders was held to finalize supply and distribution of sugar to domestic consumer @ Rs.40 per kg in every nook and corner of the country and informed the Court about the decision taken in this behalf. The apex court noted that decisions were made unanimously by all stakeholders, including the federal and the provincial governments, the mills owners and the representatives of the growers. The federal & the provincial governments shall facilitate all the stakeholders to watch their interests and get benefit out of the same. The mill owners shall be free to start crushing of the sugarcane subject to supply of 30% of the total produce of sugar for the general consumers and 70% thereof for the commercial use or for generating funds, etc. This arrangement should continue without interruption, injustice or prejudice to anyone. Since petition involves a number of questions, which are required to be decided by this Court, the above decisions are treated to be interim arrangement, so as to enable the mill owners to start the crushing of the sugarcane and also at the same time ensure the supply of sugar at the agreed ratio of 30:70 as aforesaid. These cases are still pending; the SC press release elaborated about the fixation of sugar price case. Regarding the promotion case of the bureaucrats, the SC further clarified that the case was taken up on an application of Tariq Aziz-ud-Din, Ambassador to Turkey, and others stating in the petition that the government of Pakistan has made promotion of officers of various occupational groups including Foreign Service Group from Grade 21 to 22 in total violation of the law, constitutional provision and principle of merit, seniority and fair play. The case was taken up under Article 184(3) of the Constitution as the element of discrimination was alleged in the case.