ISLAMABAD: In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that er Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s decision to dismiss the No-Confidence Motion was illegal.
The Supreme Court also held that Imran Khan’s decision to dissolve the assemblies was also illegal, restoring the National Assembly.
The Supreme Court ordered NA Speaker Asad Qaiser that the vote for no confidence against Imran Khan will be held by 10.30 PM on 9 April.
“The prime minister did not have the right to advise the president to dissolve the assembly […] all the decisions made till date have been nullified,” the top court’s ruling said.
“…if the no-confidence motion against the prime minister succeeds, then the assembly will appoint the new prime minister,” the top court’s order said.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial had earlier said that the court will move forward only after seeing national interest and practical possibilities.
The chief justice noted that the deputy speaker’s ruling is, prima facie, a violation of Article 95, as the apex court resumed deliberation over the “unconstitutional” act by Suri for the fifth consecutive day today.
Earlier, the Chief Justice of Pakistan has said that the Supreme Court will announce its verdict at 7.30 PM today.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has reserved a verdict on suo motu notice over the political situation of the country arising after the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Umer Atta Bandial will announce the verdict at 7:30 pm.
During the hearing, Chief Justice asked PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif to appear before the court and remarked that the USD has touched Rs190 and the country needs a strong government. This will be a difficult takes for Shehbaz Sharif, he added.
Shehbaz said that our constitution was violated several times in the past not getting punished for those blunders has brought the country to current circumstances. If Deputy Speaker’s ruling is nullified, NA and no-confidence motion will be restored, he added.
He also prayed the court to reinstate the National Assembly and allow voting on no-confidence motion.
During the course of hearing, the AGP claimed that the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan was “dismissed” on March 28, when leave was granted to table the resolution. According to him, it was important to show the support of majority at the time of tabling the resolution.
Since the opposition had 161 members in favor of tabling the motion on March 28, the AGP said the move had failed then and there.
Justice Akhtar replied that according to this line of argument, if 172 members (majority) had approved the motion, the prime minister would have been ousted. To this, the AGP said the three to seven days mandated by the Constitution before a final vote on the resolution was to give the prime minister a chance to win back angry lawmakers.
However, the CJP, at this point, said that at the leave grant stage 172 members were not required. “They are required at the time of the voting.”
He then added that if the speaker approved the resolution on March 28, then “it’s the end of the topic,” noting that the speaker’s counsel said his ruling can’t be reviewed.
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