Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of petitions challenging the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) till tomorrow. The 17-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry heard the case on Monday. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry during the court proceedings in his remarks advised television channels to avoid comments on the case till the judgment and restrict their coverage to reporting of the proceedings. Earlier, Attorney General in his statement before the court said the government will not defend the NRO. The learned court asked question about the status of the ordinance in the parliament and also called the text of the Prime Ministers speech with regard to the law. "At the end of the arguments the bench has to decide whether the NRO was a valid piece of legislation when it was promulgated," Khawaja Haris, an advocate of the Supreme Court, told AFP. "It is an historic occasion. The court began proceedings," said Roedad Khan, a former government official who is one of the challengers of the law. "The courts are working independently now and we are confident those who collaborated with the military dictatorship will be defeated." Zardari retains immunity as president, but that immunity could also be challenged in court, although not in the current hearings. Haris said however that if a number of corruption cases were reopened looking into the actions of the current ministers, it could bring the government's moral authority into question. The so-called National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was passed in October 2007 by then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf, as he faced increasing international pressure to hold democratic elections.