ISLAMABAD The Federation on Thursday filed an application in the Supreme Court praying that the court should decide cases pertaining to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in terms of the prayer made in Dr Mubashar Hassans petition otherwise a fresh petition would be filed precisely stipulating these issues whereupon the Federation will seek instructions accordingly. The application was filed through Kamal Azfar Advocate before the 17-member full bench of the apex court, which continued to hear three identical petitions challenging the constitutionality of the NRO. The application stated that certain factual issues had been raised during hearing of the case for the first time, (not part of the petition filed by Dr Mubashar Hassan), which the application stated was contrary to law enunciated by the Supreme Court that arguments be confined to legal issues. The Chief Justice, however, asked Kamal Azfar Advocate to argue over the application on Monday. Moreover, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, too, filed an application through Advocate Ashtar Ausaf for revival of his constitutional petition against the NRO, which the Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar-led Supreme Court had dismissed on February 27, 2008 for want of prosecution. In the application, it has been stated that the petitioner as a matter of principle had refused to appear before the judges who had taken oath under the November 3, 2007 PCO. However, now that similar petitions challenging the constitutionality of the NRO have been fixed before the full bench of the Supreme Court, after complete restoration of the judges who had not taken oath under the PCO, the petitioner prays for the revival of his constitutional petition to its original number and for its decision on merit. The court asked the counsel for Shahbaz Sharif to institute the application through the office of Registrar Supreme Court.