ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday observed that a bill approved by the federal cabinet remains a bill despite changing of the governments.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Ejaz Afzal was hearing the constitution petition regarding merger of Aiwan-e-Iqbal and Iqbal Academy. Deputy Attorney Sajjid Illyas Bhatti informed the court that the incumbent government had constituted a committee, headed by the minister of the relevant ministry to supervise the affairs of the Iqbal Academy. Justice Nasir remarked why there was need of new committee regarding the matter as the federal cabinet had given its approval. The DAG replied that the erstwhile cabinet had given the approval but now the government has been changed.

Upon that Justice Nasirul Mulk said though the government had change but a bill passed by cabinet was still a bill. He said the incumbent government should have tabled the bill before the Parliament for its approval instead of constituting a new committee to ponder over the issue afresh. The case was adjourned until October 21.

Iqbal Academy Pakistan is the centre of excellence for Iqbal studies and the oldest statutory body of the country, established through the Iqbal Academy Act, 1951, and later through the Iqbal Academy Ordinance No. XXVI of 1962, it was re-enacted through the Iqbal Academy Act 2007.

The bill awaited the approval from the Assembly since its approval since February 2007 when, along with a large number of other resolutions, Acts and Ordinances, it was left unattended by the previous parliament.