Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Govt would contact Supreme Court to seek clarification on Article 63(A)

According to Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, the federal government has decided to approach the Supreme Court for an interpretation of Article 63-A because several PTI lawmakers have announced that they will vote on the no-trust motion, which is a violation of the party’s policy, according to the minister.

The decision was reached during a consultative meeting of the PTI political committee, which was held today and presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The conference was called to consider the legal alternatives available to the administration to take action against the unhappy MPs and to oppose the Opposition’s attempt to topple Imran Khan’s government from power.

It was revealed on Thursday that approximately 24 PTI Members of Parliament were staying at the Sindh House in Islamabad, with several of them publicly announcing their intention to defect from the party.

Within hours, the prime minister held a meeting of the senior party leadership and asked National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to file an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to remove the unhappy members from the House of Representatives.

According to the federal minister, “we will seek the Supreme Court’s interpretation on what will be the standing of a party member’s vote if he is determined to be in breach of the party’s policy and engaged in horsetrading.”

The information minister stated that the government would seek the Supreme Court’s guidance on whether a person who shifts loyalty for monetary gain should be barred from becoming a lawmaker for the rest of their lives or whether they should be allowed to run for election again and be elected to parliament.

In his words, “the Supreme Court will be asked to hear the case on a daily basis.”

According to reliable sources, the prime minister delegated responsibility for filing the referral in the Supreme Court to PTI Additional Secretary Amir Mahmood Kiani and Adviser to the Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan, who will work together.

To his audience, the prime minister declared, “We will take such decisions that no one will be allowed to engage in horsetrading next time.”

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He also urged PTI leaders present at the meeting to intensify their preparations for the March 27 rally, which the ruling party hopes would draw one million people and take place one day before the vote on the no-confidence resolution.

“All of the legislators and members of the party should participate,” he stated.

In his words, “I will battle them no matter how much money they spend to remove me from office.”

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