In view of the National Assembly’s no-trust vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Supreme Court has set March 21 for hearing the Supreme Court Bar Association’s case.
The SCBA petition will be heard by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial’s division. The SCBA filed a petition urging all parties to respect the Pakistani Constitution.
Parties have “expressed their intentions to gather and protest in huge numbers in the federal capital” following the vote of no confidence, the National Assembly has informed the apex court, and “the gatherings may turn violent”.
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Chaos, as indicated in the petition. It’s against the spirit of the Constitution and democracy to undermine the process.
So that MNAs can reach Parliament, the SCBA has petitioned the Supreme Court to guarantee that respondents and officials maintain law and order in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
On the petition said that no one should stop or prevent MNAs from attending scheduled National Assembly sessions.
Assault, incarceration, and other coercive methods are prohibited by the SCBA.
The complaint urged the Supreme Court to compel the National Assembly speaker to act in accordance with the Constitution and the 2007 National Assembly Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business.
The SCBA petition came as the administration and opposition leaders sparred ahead of the no-confidence vote. Tossing out Premier Imran would not only be “self-defeating,” but would also allow the government to “cage them like pigeons.”
Opposition leaders called on workers and supporters to march into the capital to counter the ruling party’s rally.
“We shall achieve much,” says JUI-F and PDM Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Let the incumbent government apologise. “The government’s dam is breached,” he remarked.