Pakistan SC to begin hearing on deputy speaker’s ruling

Islamabad, April 5 : Pakistan’s Supreme Court will resume its hearing on the ruling by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on the no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, Dawn reported . A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, also includes Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, Justice M b Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, will take up the matter at 12pm PKT. On Monday, the CJP had remarked that the court would issue a “reasonable order on the issue”, but the hearing was adjourned after Farooq H Naek, the counsel of PPP and other opposition parties, presented his arguments. PPP Senator Raza Rabbani and senior counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan will present their arguments on Tuesday after which the court is likely to announce its decision. During Monday’s hearing, Justice Bandial had observed that it seemed that the question of illegality in the filing of the no-trust motion could have been addressed earlier, but once the leave of the house was granted, then the stage of raising objections had passed. Justice Akhtar, meanwhile, had questioned the deputy speaker’s constitutional authority to pass such a ruling. On Sunday, CJP Bandial took suo motu notice of the situation after the deputy speaker’s dismissal of the no-confidence motion against the premier, clubbing together multiple petitions filed by various parties in this regard. ACL1240

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