ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A larger bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court heard arguments on a presidential referral seeking interpretation of Article 63. (A).

During the hearing, the Supreme Court questioned the Attorney General if provinces should be declared parties to the reference as well. According to the AGP, provinces have nothing to do with the no-confidence motion because no motion has been filed against any chief minister in the country.

The court, on the other hand, issued notifications to all provinces and political groups, stating that it expects all parties to defend the constitution. While requiring provinces to submit written responses, the CJP stated that holding hearings on presidential references will be simpler following these responses.

Concerning the planned JUI-F protest and sit-in, the Attorney General stated that no sit-ins may be held during the voting process since, according to legislation, campaigns must finish 48 hours before voting. He also requested that the court provide instructions for a peaceful demonstration.

The Chief Justice urged all political parties to uphold democratic norms; nevertheless, Justice Mazhar Alam expressed sadness about the formation of a tiger force equipped with sticks by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Senator Raza Rabbani entered the courtroom and informed the judge that he had filed an appeal to become a party in the case.

CJP Bandial then directed Rabbani to return to his seat since the court will hear his arguments later.

Justice Muneeb Akhtar stated that parliamentarians are obligated to follow the policies of the political party with which they are involved. “Lawmakers must vote in conformity with the mandate of their party.” They must adhere to party policies. “Finally, that’s it,” Justice Akhtar remarked.

He did, however, point out that no MNA can be labelled as a “good boy” or a “bad boy.”

Meanwhile, Justice Mandokhel pointed out that Article 55 requires all legislative processes to be conducted by vote.

CJP Bandial, on the other hand, claimed that Article 63(A) is a “discipline of the evolving political system.”

“The article compels parliamentarians to support their party even if they are dissatisfied with it.”

At this point, Pakistan’s Attorney General (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan stated that the country’s political structure is founded on Article 63(A) or Article 95, the violation of which might bring the entire system to a halt.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *