Tuesday April 05, 2022

Court To Look Into Legal Status Of Deputy Speaker Ruling On Rejection Of NCM: CJ

Islamabad: Chief Justice (CJ) Umar Atta Bandial on Tuesday, third day of the hearing regarding National Assembly (NA) Deputy Speaker ruling of rejecting a no-confidence motion of the opposition parties, said that the court will look into legal status of the deputy speaker ruling.

A five member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel resumed hearing this afternoon.

The CJ called minutes of the session of the NA of March 31 while he ordered that counsel of speaker Naeem Bukhari will present the minutes in the court tomorrow.

All the counsels of the petitioners completed their arguments today.

On the other hand , Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan said that this case is the most important for his career and may be the last case of this post and the government.

He insisted the court when all the petitioners completed the arguments then he should be allowed to present his arguments.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) counsel Raza Rabbani said that he has submitted his written arguments in the court while he will take only 15 minutes to complete his verbal arguments.

Raza Rabbani in his arguments said that the Deputy Speaker step is a civilian Coup adding that a narrative was formed through an alleged cable (ambassadorial) which was based on malafide intentions.

He said that March 28 session was postponed despite it was specially called for presentation of a no confidence motion.

On March 28 a no-confidence motion was approved but the session proceeding adjourned.

Raza questioned that can the PM, who don’t have trust of the majority of the house, dissolve the assembly? He went on to say that deputy speaker ruling on the voting day is clear malafide intention.

He said that the top court should not look into the internal proceedings of the assembly but it has to look into the deputy speaker surpassing of his power.

The court should look into can the deputy speaker apply article 5?.

He said that the PM can’t dissolve the assembly while he insisted the court to form a judicial commission to investigate proceedings of the assembly.

The court should issue a stay order on April 3 session of the assembly, he added in his arguments.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawyer Makhdom Ali khan insisted the court in his arguments to declare the deputy speaker ruling null and void and restore the assembly.

Makhdom Ali Khan said that article 95 is a heart of parliamentary democracy and deviation from this is a deviation of parliamentary democracy.

He contended that the PM remaining on the power without trust of the majority is against the democracy. He said that the NA session can’t be postponed after presentation of a no-confidence motion against the speaker.

He said that article 95 tells the procedure of voting on no-confidence motion.

The hearing of the case adjourned till 1130 am tomorrow (Wednesday).

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