Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Supreme Court will resume hearings on Pakistan’s constitutional crises decision

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of Pakistan began hearing the issue pertaining to the “unconstitutional” decision by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri to obstruct the passage of a vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Supreme Court of Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial had taken suo motu notice of the constitutional crisis that had ensued after Suri barred voting on the motion, declaring it “unconstitutional” – a decision that the Opposition described as an outright breach of the country’s Constitution.

Justice Bandial’s five-member larger bench, which also includes Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, will hear arguments from the attorneys for the remaining respondents in the case today. Justice Bandial will preside over the hearing.

Attorneys for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), the Sindh High Court Bar, the Attorney General of Pakistan, and the Advocate General of Punjab presented their arguments before the court.

“The establishment of a caretaker administration is subject to the court’s proceedings and we hope to resolve the case today,” CJP Bandial had said during the hearing, according to a transcript.

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“The court will declare the judgment on the basis of the law and the Constitution, rather than on the basis of personal loyalty.”

He stated that the Supreme Court will issue an order once all of the parties have finished their arguments.

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