ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved judgement on initiating proceedings against PCO judges and issuing contempt notices to generals involved in promulgation of 3rd November emergency in the country. The court also reserved its decision on employing the assistance of the president of Supreme Court Bar Association, vice-chairman Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and presidents of the provincial bar associations in contempt proceedings. A four-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Pervez heard the case of PCO judges. The PCO judges are facing contempt charges for taking oath under the PCO in defiance of a restraining order issued by a seven-judge bench on November 3, 2007, moments after the proclamation of emergency by former president Pervez Musharraf. During the course of hearing, Dr Basit prayed to the court that before giving judgement in contempt of court cases against PCO judges the bench should first decide issuing notice to the army generals for violating the 3rd November order. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja observed that prior to issuing verdict in the said case, it would be decided whether to send notices to army generals. On this, counsel of Justice Hasnat asked the court to halt the hearing till the decision in the PCO judges cases. He contended, "It seems the court is targeting the black coats only and not taking any action against men in uniform." Dr Basit filed an application under Order 37 Rule 4 and 5 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, that president Supreme Court Bar Association, vice-chairman Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), chairman executive committee PBC, presidents of all high court bar association in all province, vice-chairmen of all provincial bar councils and president Lahore Bar Association be summoned to assist the honourable court as amicus curiae and the submissions of amicus curiae be taken into consideration while deciding the case. He said that all members of bar all over Pakistan were vital stakeholders, therefore they needed to be associated with these proceedings that whether or not a number of sitting judges of the Supreme Court and High Court are liable to be tried for contempt of court on the allegation that they had wilfully disobeyed 3rd November, 2007, interim order by taking oath under the PCO. S M Zafar said that it had been quoted here that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for the first time in history of Pakistan had said 'no' to army generals. He said, "I like to inform that Justice (Retd) Khawaja Muhammad Ahmad Samdani had not only refused to take oath under Zia-ul-Haq PCO but when Ziaul Haq asked him for taking action against judiciary he also refused that order." Justice Shahid Siddiqui asked the learned counsel, "It has been stated that there was no order like 3rd November Order so do you accept it or refuse it?" Mr Zafar replied, "I could not refuse of its existence." Justice Zahid Hussain's lawyer S M Zafar and Dr Abdul Basit, counsel for Justice Shabbar Raza Rizvi and Justice Hasnat Ahmed, concluded their arguments. They argued that contempt proceedings against the judges could be conducted only under Article 209 of the Constitution. Justice Jawwad Khawaja remarked that judges were also required to follow a certain code of conduct. "If judges had constitutional immunity then that could have been pointed out," Justice Khawaja added. The court after hearing them reserved the judgement.