Parliament: Pakistan Supreme Court to deal with dismissal of no-confidence vote against Prime Minister, dissolving Parliament

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday will hear the deputy speaker’s dismissal of a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan and the president’s subsequent dissolution of parliament on the advice of the embattled prime minister, a day after he took a suo motu note of the current political situation in the country.

President Arif Alvi had dissolved the National Assembly (NA) on the advice of Prime Minister Khan minutes after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri rejected a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister who had effectively lost a majority in the 342-seat lower house of Parliament.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, after suo motu taking note of the current political situation in the country, said all orders and actions by the Prime Minister and President regarding the dissolution of the National Assembly would be subject to the court’s order He adjourned hearing the high-profile case by a day.

Despite the weekend, a three-person jury held the first hearing and issued notices to all respondents, including President Alvi and NA Deputy Speaker Suri.

The Supreme Court urged all parties not to take “unconstitutional” action and adjourned the hearing until Monday.

Former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the Deputy Speaker’s decision in the National Assembly to dismiss the motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Khan was “final” and could not be challenged in any court.

Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Khan’s close aide said the NA Deputy Speaker’s decision came after the conclusion of the constitutional process on the no-confidence motion.

Earlier, the opposition had asked the Supreme Court to intervene, and Shehbaz Sharif, the opposition leader in Parliament, announced his party’s decision to challenge NA’s dissolution.

Ahsan Bhoon, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said the actions of the Prime Minister and Deputy Speaker were unconstitutional and “they should be prosecuted for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution.”

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) also filed a petition asking the court to declare the deputy speaker’s ruling unconstitutional along with the dissolution of parliament.

The crisis erupted after Suri rejected the no-confidence motion and Prime Minister Khan offered to deliver advice to the country’s president on how to dissolve parliament, which he was unable to do pending a no-confidence vote result.

Leading constitutional lawyer Salman Akram Raja said that “the entire procurement by the Deputy Speaker and the Prime Minister’s advice to dissolve the Assembly is unconstitutional.”

Raja said the illegality of the ruling would render the council equally illegal as the prime minister cannot give advice to the assembly after a motion of no confidence was tabled against him in parliament. Parliament: Pakistan Supreme Court to deal with dismissal of no-confidence vote against Prime Minister, dissolving Parliament

Russell Falcon

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