ISLAMABAD Advisor to Prime Minister and Chairman 18th Amendment Implementation Commission, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, after consulting the members of the Parliamentary Committee which had drafted the 18th Amendment Bill, has decided not to appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in defence of the amendment. Sources privy to the deliberations of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms held under the chair of Rabbani informed TheNation on Tuesday that it was decided in the meeting that as the Chief Justice of Pakistan during the hearing on 18th Amendment case on Monday last had remarked that the court had not called Chairman of the Committee Raza Rabbani to present his point of view, so he should not appear before the court in defence of the amendment. It was further decided in the meeting that he (Rabbani) would give his submission in writing to the Attorney General and if required he would present the same before the court. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary while hearing the petitions challenging the validity of some portions of the 18th Amendment had remarked that Rabbani was made respondent by one of the petitioners in his writ petition and it was not mandatory for him to come to the court but if he wanted to appear before the court to present his point of view he could do so. The sources in the committee informed that most of the members were already of the view that Rabbani should not appear before the court. They said that earlier impression was given as if the court had summoned him so it was decided in the meeting that he should comply with the court orders. In Tuesdays deliberations Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Ishaq Dar. Ehsan Iqbal, Rahmatullah Kahar, Shahid Bugti, Afrasiab Khattak, Haji Adeel, Wasim Sajjad and other members participated and advised Rabbani not to appear before the court, as his appearance is not mandatory.