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Punjab CM Election Case Verdict Shortly

ISLAMABAD: After hearing the case regarding the Deputy Speaker’s Ruling in the Punjab CM Election for three days, the SCP will announce its verdict on Tuesday (26th of July, 2022) at 7.30PM. 

Earlier, when SCP resumed hearing the case on Tuesday apropos election of CM Punjab, Irfan Qadir (the counsel of PA Deputy Speaker Most Muhammad Mazari,) and Farooq H. Naek (counsel of PPP-P) informed the Apex Court that their clients have instructed them not to participate further in case proceedings.

Advocate Irfan Qadir said that he had been instructed to file a review petition apropos formation of a SC Full-Bench to hear the case.

It may be recalled that on Monday (25th of July, 2022) PDM Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, while addressing a joint Presser here had proclaimed that the parties forming the coalition government would boycott proceedings carried out by 3-judge SC bench (comprising Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Munib Akhtar) in election of Punjab CM case.

This announcement was made when the SC rejected all the requests made by the coalition government and other entities apropos hearing of the election of Punjab CM case by Full-Court Bench. Conspicuous among others at the Presser there were Chairman PPP-P Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MQM-P’s Usama Qadri, PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, BNP-M’s Agha Hassan Baloch and MNA Aslam Bhotani.

Earlier, while rejecting the coalition govt’s demand for formation of Supreme Court Full Court, SC had announced that hearing regarding the Deputy Speaker’s ruling apropos Election of Punjab CM will recommence on Tuesday at 11.30am. Chief Justice said that the matter was not important enough to form a Supreme Court Full Court/larger bench.

The three-judge bench of the SCP that resumed hearing the petition of the PA Speaker Pervez Elahi apropos cancellation of ten PML-Q votes cast in his favor on Monday at 1.15PM, reserved the verdict on the formation of a full court for hearing the same case. The verdict was scheduled to be announced at 5.30PM the very day.

Former SCBA president Latif Afridi, maintaining that the Pakistan’s political crisis was deepening, held that the review petition in the Article 63(A) ought to be heard by a full court. Advocate Irfan Qadir, who was representing Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari, also said that a full bench should hear the case as there were a number of confusions.

Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari had rejected 10 votes of the PML-Q MPAs citing Supreme Court’s verdict that votes of those lawmakers who voted against the instructions of the Party Head should not be counted. | YouTube Channel

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.