Saturday, January 28, 2023

Supreme Court ruled that deputy speaker’s decision and the dissolution of legislature are illegal

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the deputy speaker’s decision was in contradiction with the constitution and that the dissolved national assembly should be reinstated. 

The court declared all actions made by Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi to be null and void, and ruled that the speaker of the National Assembly could not adjourn the session without first voting on a no-confidence vote.

The court ordered that the legislature’s session be called on Saturday for a vote on a motion of no confidence in the government. It further directed that no barriers be placed in the way of the voting process.

In a suo motu case relating to the dismissal of a no-confidence motion in the national assembly (NA), after hearing arguments from all respondents, the Supreme Court reserved its decision until 7:30pm on Thursday, announcing that it would pronounce its decision through a ruling by the deputy speaker, which it had previously announced would be announced at 7:30pm.

Before announcing the decision, the court summoned Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, after the electoral board was ordered to hold elections within three months of the decision.

According to the court, the election commission will notify voters about the next general elections.

He expressed disappointment that the delimitations had not been implemented despite the fact that they had written 116 letters to the government. He went on to say that the process will take around seven months. Raja, on the other hand, stated that they are prepared to have elections in the country.

The Supreme Court had taken notice of the political upheaval that had erupted when Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved the National Assembly (NA) on Sunday, following a contentious order by the NA deputy speaker.

The case is being heard by a five-member bigger bench of the Supreme Court, which is presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial.

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According to CJP Bandial, who spoke during the hearing, it is clear that NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri’s decision to dismiss the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan through a contentious verdict is a violation of Article 95 of the Constitution.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” he remarked.

The Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) stated that he was not supporting the speaker’s decision and that his primary focus was the upcoming elections.

Justice Jamal stated that they must make their decision on the basis of the law and the constitution, not on the basis of what is happening in the surrounding area.

The  (CJP) stated that they must protect the national interest and that the court would issue its decision today.

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