As a result of the no-trust motion being dismissed and the legislature being dissolved, Pakistan’s top court will weigh in on the political turmoil.
The chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court announced on Sunday evening that the court would hear the case of a political and constitutional crisis that arose after the deputy speaker of parliament blocked an opposition no-confidence motion that Prime Minister Imran Khan was widely expected to lose, leading to the president of Pakistan dissolving the lower house of parliament.
The court stated that any directives issued by the president and prime minister on Sunday will be subject to the court’s orders, and set a hearing for Monday.
The PM recommended Pakistan’s president to dissolve legislatures in a speech to the nation following the parliament session in which the deputy speaker dismissed the no-trust motion against Khan. Following it, the National Assembly and the federal cabinet were dissolved. Khan’s former
communications minister said he would continue to execute PM duties until the legislature chose a new prime minister, despite a statement from the cabinet division that he had stopped to occupy the office “with immediate effect.”
Opposition parties issued an unified statement condemning the prime minister’s “coup” against the country’s constitution and calling for a “full court hearing.”
The president’s subsequent dissolution of the National Assembly and the deputy speaker’s dismissal of the no-trust resolution without a vote, according to the opposition, are both unlawful.
The country’s highest court took notice of the developments, and on Sunday, a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial and including Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Muhammad Ali Mazhar heard the case in an emergency hearing.
In front of a full courtroom, the chief justice stated that no state official should conduct any “extra-constitutional” actions.
Justice Bandial stated, “Public order must be preserved.”
The hearing has been rescheduled for Monday.
“FOREIGN CONSPIRACY” is a phrase that means “foreign conspiracy.”
Khan “congratulated” the people on Sunday after the national assembly’s deputy speaker delayed voting on a no-confidence vote against him because it was “unconstitutional.”
Khan has claimed that the drive to remove him from office through a no-trust vote was part of a US-led global plot.
As the session began on Sunday, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the no-trust resolution was against Article 5, which deals with obedience and devotion to the state and constitution, because of alleged foreign meddling in domestic affairs.
The motion was thrown out by Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, who acknowledged Hussain’s points as “legitimate.”
“We will not allow such a [foreign] conspiracy to succeed,” Khan stated following the parliament session in a speech to the nation. “I have now delivered my recommendation to Pakistan’s president to dissolve the assemblies.”
Khan then urged citizens to vote, saying, “No foreign government or corrupt people will decide [the nation’s fate].”
Former information minister Hussain told the media after the court session that Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party would fight the speaker’s decision in court.
“The Supreme Court does not have the right to adjudicate on the ruling since it is the constitutional prerogative of the speaker,” he stated, citing Article 69 of the constitution.
Instead of seeking to get “justice from the court on technical grounds,” he urged opposition parties to contend with the PTI in general elections.
“Political choices are determined by the people, not the courts,” he stated.
“THE DICTATOR’S RULE”
Khan added later on Sunday that the country’s National Security Committee has accepted his “proof” of a foreign conspiracy.
“When the country’s highest national security body affirms this, [parliamentary] proceedings and numbers become meaningless,” Khan remarked.
Officials from the United States denied any involvement on Sunday.
“These charges are false,” a State Department official told the press, adding that “we recognize and support Pakistan’s constitutional process and rule of law.”
Another former minister, Farrukh Habib, predicted that elections would be held in 90 days, however the president and the election commission would make the final choice.
A leading prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid, resigned from his position, claiming that the government’s dissolution of parliament was unlawful.
“What has transpired can only be expected in the administration of a dictator,” he told local media.
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