- Pakistan Supreme Court has ruled that Imran Khan will face no-confidence motion on Saturday
- Supreme Court calls the move of the President and Deputy Speaker of Pakistan unconstitutional
- LoP Shahbaz Sharif, other opposition leaders welcome the Supreme Court’s decision
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against caretaker Prime Minister Imran Khan in a landmark verdict, saying he will face a no-confidence vote on April 9. Announcing the order, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly decides to dismiss a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and subsequently dissolve the lower house by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister. was contrary to the law of the land. The court ordered the resumption of the National Assembly and convene its session on Saturday to conduct the vote on the no-confidence motion moved against Imran Khan. A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Omar Ata Bandiyal also comprising Justices Muneeb Akhtar, Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Ijazul Ahsan and Mazhar Alam Khan announced the verdict, which was reserved earlier in the day.
What happened throughout the day when the Pakistan Supreme Court delivered the historic verdict
- A 5-member SC bench headed by CJP Bandyal and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel, Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail unanimously voted 5-0 against the move of Vice President Qasim Khan Suri and the President.
- The Deputy Speaker’s decision was “contrary to the Constitution and the law and had no legal effect, and is hereby set aside”.
- The court also noted that President Dr Arif Alvi’s decision to dissolve the National Assembly is also “contrary to the Constitution and the law and has no legal effect”. The top court said that the Prime Minister could not advise the President to dissolve the Assembly as he remains under the restriction imposed under clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution.
- The Pakistan Supreme Court has restored Imran Khan to his position as prime minister and his cabinet.
- According to the Supreme Court, on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 am, the session of the National Assembly will be held again and there will be a no-confidence motion.
- The session cannot be prorogued with the completion of the no-confidence motion.
- This order will not have any effect on the proceedings of Artilce 63 case.
- Soon after the Supreme Court order, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Shehbaz Sharif said that the court has certainly fulfilled the expectations of the people.
- Before the order was announced, security was tightened in the Supreme Court premises, with riot police stationed outside the apex court.
- The Supreme Court also summoned Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, who arrived with a battery of lawyers.
- Media, lawyers, politicians including PML-N’s Shahbaz Sharif and PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were present in the court.
- During the hearing, CJP Bandiyal said that he has to look after the national interest.
- During the hearing, the CJP gave a chance to Shehbaz Sharif to speak, who said the court should restore the National Assembly and allow the no-confidence motion to take place.
- “In our history, the law has been broken many times. This situation was created because of blunders [of the past] was not identified and corrected. For God’s and Pakistan’s sake, the court should restore Parliament,” requested Shahbaz. “Let us vote for the no-confidence motion.”
- Justice Mandokhail said the opposition wanted to hold elections from day one, asking what was the issue now.
- However, SC asked the opposition that it always demands fresh elections so why are they not agreeing today?
- Shahbaz said that the joint opposition will jointly make electoral amendments to ensure transparent elections.
- Meanwhile, the Attorney General of Pakistan said that the people of Pakistan want the Prime Minister (Prime Minister) chosen by them and not the Assembly.
- “Will the one who overthrew Imran Khan spare Shahbaz Sharif?” He asked.
- Agp Khan further said that if the election demand of the opposition is being fulfilled, then they should allow it to happen.
- However, PML-N’s lawyer alleged that AGP’s closing remarks sounded like a threat.
- During the arguments, Agp Khan also told the court that he would not be able to give details of the recent meeting of the National Security Committee in open court.
- The AGP argued that the prime minister is the biggest stakeholder and he need not give reasons for dissolving the assembly.
- The AGP said that the no-confidence motion is not a fundamental right of a legislator.
- Amidst the arguments, Justice Mandokhail asked which law says that the Speaker has the power to dismiss a no-confidence motion.
- Justice Mandokhail said that voting on a no-confidence motion is a constitutional requirement.
- Agp Khan – who was the last to make his arguments – began by informing the court that he would not be able to give details of the recent meeting of the National Security Committee in open court. He insisted that the court can issue orders without questioning anyone’s loyalty.
- The Court also asked whether the formation of a federal government by the federal government was an “internal matter” of Parliament.
- Interim Prime Minister Imran Khan’s counsel Imtiaz Siddiqui said the judiciary had not interfered in parliamentary proceedings in the past and argued that the proceedings of the National Assembly were beyond the jurisdiction of the judiciary.
- Justice Akhtar said the judgments refer to the relevant observations made by the courts. “The court is not bound by the observations made in the judgment,” he said.
,With input from agencies,