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Coalition govt demands dissolution of bench hearing pleas on SC bill

ISLAMABAD: The coalition government has demanded dissolution of the bench constituted by the Chief Justice of Pakistan to hear petition regarding the Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Bill, 2023, saying that the bench has been formed in haste.

Addressing a joint presser along with representatives of all the coalition partners in the government here Thursday (13th of April, 2023), Minister for Law Azam Nazeer Tarar said constituting the bench even when the President has not signed the bill and legislation is underway in the parliament is not acceptable at all.

He said right of legislation which rests with the parliament will not be allowed to be compromised at all. He said all the coalition parties outrightly reject this bench.

The Minister for Law again demanded constituting full court to hear the case so that collective wisdom should prevail.

He said the coalition parties, bar councils from across the country and legal fraternity have repeatedly demanded to form a full court bench to hear the case.

Speaking on this occasion, PPP leader and Advisor to Prime Minister on Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira said constituting the bench in haste is tantamount to stop the parliament from exercising its right of legislation.

Kaira asserting that was not acceptable at all held that confrontation among institutions was pushing the country towards a dangerous and complicated situation.

Senator Kamran Murtaza of JUI-F, rejecting the composition of the bench, said constituting eight-member bench is tantamount to usurp the right of appeal.

He said inclusion of junior judges in the bench is also not appropriate which will harm the sanctity and prestige of the Supreme Court.

He said there should be some criteria for fixation of the cases. He said we outrightly reject formation of this bench.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain of ANP said a well-organized campaign is underway against the parliament.

He said the objective of Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Bill, 2023 is to ensure balance in the power of the judges.

He said Parliament is supreme, and its supremacy will have to be accepted.

He said we ousted the previous government through adopting a constitutional procedure.

He said all the intuitions should work while remaining within their constitutional domain.

He demanded of the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to review formation of the bench for the sake of the country, parliament and the judiciary.

In his remarks Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque also expressed solidarity with the government and other coalition partners.

He said our party has always struggled for supremacy of parliament, impartial judiciary and democratic norms.

He was also of the view to form a full court to hear such an important case.

Senator Tahir Bizenjo of National Party said formation of a selected bench may prove to be dangerous for the country.

He asked the CJP to ensure representation of small federating units in the bench.

Balochistan National Party (Mengal) leader and Minister of State for Power Hashim Notezai said Pakistan is already facing economic crisis and cannot afford more crises.

He also urged the CJP to form a full court with representation of all the federating units to decide the matter.

Leader Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Shafiq Tareen said controversial bench is creating impression of confrontation among the institutions.

He said creating hurdles in the way of legislation on pre mature stage is not acceptable.

Balochistan Awami Party and Minister for Defense Production Israr Tareen said purpose of our politics is supremacy of democratic system and our party will continue its efforts for upholding the constitution.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.