ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition as non-maintainable, which was seeking the court’s order for the presidential form of government in the country.
“There is no clause in the constitution, which mandates the Supreme court to issue instructions to the prime minister for referendum for the presidential form of government,” the court said.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial upheld the objections on petition raised by the Registrar Office of the court.
Earlier, the Supreme court court heard an appeal against the objections raised by the court’s registrar office.
“It is a political question, how the court could intervene in it,” Justice Mansoor Ali Shah questioned. “If someone has raised question or demanded in the parliament on the presidential form of government,” Justice Shah asked.
“How can a single person demands for changing the parliamentary system of governance,” Justice Muneeb Akhtar asked. “It is prime minister’s discretion to refer the matter for referendum on the issue to the joint sitting of the parliament,” the court observed.
“Still the matter will be decided by the parliament,” Justice Muneeb Akhtar remarked.