ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Wednesday directed counsel for Sindh government to explain rules of business of Sindh to purchase Armoured Personal Carrier (APC) from Serbia.

Additional Attorney General Khawaja Ahmed Hassan informed a three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja which heard a suo moto case regarding purchase of APCs by Sindh government, that the Sindh police cannot purchase the weapons directly as only the provincial government is empowered to do so.

Farooq H Naek, counsel for Sindh government, submitted if the court considers that the agreement is invalid then it could annul it. He told that the agreement regarding sale of weapons has not been signed and only terms and conditions were made, adding the purchase of APCs was approved by the Chief Minister Sindh and the concerned quarters.

The court observed neither tenders nor advertisements were given regarding purchase of over Rs 2 billion APCs from Serbia, adding the spending of the public money lavishly would not be allowed.

During the hearing, Irfan Qadir, counsel for Sindh Police, also appeared before the court. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja asked Farooq H Naek that why the Sindh police also hired a counsel when you representing the Sindh Government. Is the Sindh Police is separate from the provincial government, he further inquired.

Irfan Qadir replied as the Sindh police was also made respondent by the petitioner, hence the Sindh Police engaged him. Justice Jawwad then inquired whether the Sindh Police can purchase weapons of its own?

Irfan Qadir became emotional saying as to why the court is bent upon posing questions after questions adding that if the court wants to ask questions, it should properly formulate it.

Justice Jawwad, however, told him that an important case was before the court, therefore, they will ask questions and the counsel will have to reply them. Irfan Qadir replied he will not answer the court questions in such a way.

Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, another member of the bench, stated enough is enough because the aggressive attitude of the counsel will not be tolerated. “You should know the court decorum and not to respond in such a rude manner,” Justice Ijaz told the counsel. At this Irfan Qadir infuriated and replied that being a senior lawyer he should be addressed in respectable manner and the honourable judge should not call him “Tum (you)”.

Justice Ijaz remarked the counsel doesn’t know how to respond to the apex court, adding his practicing license could be suspended. Irfan Qadir said he doesn’t care and also not interested to appear before the learned bench.

The hearing was adjourned till today asking Farooq H Naek to explain rules of business of Sindh government.