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SCP Suo Moto Notice: Hearing Adjourned till 7th April

ISLAMABAD: Five-member bench headed by the CJP Umar Ata Bandial (and including Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail) adjourned the hearing of Suo Moto Notice apropos Ruling of the NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri here till Thursday 7th of April, 2022. 

When the hearing commenced on Wednesday 6th of April, CJP Umar Ata Bandial observing that unfortunately there were negative statements that the Apex Court was delaying the case, stated that the court wanted to wrap the Suo Moto Case up on Wednesday 6th of April, 2022.

During 6th April, 2022 hearing CJP asked: “No-confidence motion is a constitutional process. Does the speaker have the authority to sabotage a constitutional process?” On Tuesday, 5th of April, 2022 the petitioner’s side completed their arguments. Whereas,  government’s lawyers Dr Babar Awan, Senator Ali Zafar and Imtiaz Siddiqui were asked to complete their arguments on Wednesday (6th of April, 2022).

It was observed that once the no-confidence motion was presented it can be dismissed only by means of voting. Justice Mandokhel said that political parties should also attempt to decipher why their members leave the party.

Earlier, on Tuesday (5th of April, 2022) during the hearing CJP stated that the Apex Court would only focus on the legality of the ruling on the No-Confidence Resolution against the PM. CJP said that presently they were looking at the law and Constitution. CJP said all respondents would be told to focus on that matter at the moment.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan that sought the relevant record of the 3rd April proceedings of National Assembly, maintained that the Apex Court preferred that a decision be taken on that matter only and the court wanted to see if it could review the ruling of the Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.

Raza Rabbani, citing Article 95 of the Constitution, argued that the No-Trust-Resolution could not be dismissed sans voting on it. Rabbani pointed out that the then information/law minister Fawad Chaudhry (speaking on a point of order during 3rd April session) had talked about foreign conspiracy based on a letter though that was not on the Agenda.

Senator Rabbani pointing out that during the No-Trust process assemblies could not be dissolved maintained that since No-Trust Resolution had also been submitted against the Speaker Asad Qaiser, his power was limited.

Rabbani urged the court to dismiss the deputy speaker’s ruling and to restore the National Assembly, adding that the minutes of the National Security Committee and the ‘threat letter’ should also be presented.

PML-N counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan pointed out that 152 MNAs had signed the No-Trust Resolution and 161 had supported its tabling. A debate on the No-Trust-Motion was not held on 31st day of March nor the voting conducted on 3rd day of April, 2022 although such motion could not be dismissed after it was tabled.

Makhdoom Ali Khan further pointed out that the Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif was not allowed to express his views on the day of voting. The Apex Court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday 6th April, 2022. CJP Bandial had said that the apex court would not interfere in matter of the state and foreign policy and would only determine the legality of the deputy speaker’s ruling.


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.