Pakistani Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said on Sunday that all orders and actions initiated by the Prime Minister and the President regarding the dissolution of the National Assembly will be subject to the court order as he adjourned for one day l hearing of the highly publicized case. . Pakistani President Arif Alvi earlier dissolved the National Assembly (NA) on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan, minutes after Vice President Qasim Suri blocked a vote of no confidence in the embattled prime minister.
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial took cognizance of the situation and a three member bench held the initial hearing despite the weekend and issued notices to all respondents including President Alvi and Vice President of the AN. The court ordered all parties to refrain from taking unconstitutional action and adjourned the hearing until Monday. Chief Justice Bandial said all orders and actions initiated by the Prime Minister and the President regarding the dissolution of the AN will be subject to the court order.
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Earlier, the opposition asked the highest court to intervene and Shehbaz Sharif, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, announced his party’s decision to challenge the dissolution of the NA. We will challenge the vice president’s decision and the prime minister’s advice to dissolve parliament in the Supreme Court, he said. Ahsan Bhoon, president of the Supreme Court Bar, said the action of the prime minister and vice president was unconstitutional and that they should be prosecuted for treason under article 6 of the constitution.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has also filed a petition asking the court to declare the vice president’s decision unconstitutional as well as the dissolution of parliament. The crisis erupted after Suri all but killed the no-confidence motion, allowing Prime Minister Khan to send advice to the country’s president to dissolve parliament, which he could not do before the result of the no-confidence vote.
The combined opposition had tabled the no-confidence motion on March 8, setting a series of events leading up to voting day. The political situation was in favor of the opposition until Khan proposed the idea of an American plot to oust him from power for following an independent foreign policy towards Ukraine.
Prominent constitutional lawyer Salman Akram Raja has said that the vice president’s entire power of attorney and the prime minister’s advice to dissolve the assembly are unconstitutional. He said the Supreme Court would decide the whole controversy. “The fundamental question is to determine the legality of the decision of the vice president. If the highest court declares that the decision is in accordance with the law, then the opinion of the Prime Minister will also be in accordance with the law,” he said. -he declares.
Raja said the illegality of the decision would also make the council also illegal as the Prime Minister cannot give advice to the assembly after a motion of no confidence was presented in parliament against him. Renowned Indian lawyer and former minister Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Prime Minister Khan’s decision was “unconstitutional”.
“No dep spkr in any common law system has the power to defeat motion of no confidence on natl sec! Simply no jurisdiction (2) sc probably 2hit and direct fresh no immly trust (3) sc cji Umar Bandial, known 2nd in Cambridge, Bats straight (4) dissolution by Imran is also inadmissible because any #PM already in the minority cannot dissolve and this advice is not binding (5) cji #Bandial, with whom I have not been in contact for 4 decades has struck me as sober, balanced, knowledgeable and unflappable. So likely to be hit,” he tweeted, listing some key points on the matter.
First post: STI