CJP to start hearing of Suo Motu today

SC rejected a request to suspend the ruling of Deputy Speaker NA Qasim Suri regarding no-confidence motion

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Islamabad: The five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial has started hearing of suo motu notice regarding political situation case in Islamabad.

The lawyer from Pakistan People’s Party Farooq H Naek presented his arguments. Dr. Babar Awan presented by PTI side.

The Supreme Court has adjourned till Tuesday the hearing of suo motu notice of the prevailing political situation in the country.

Justice Bandial observed that a debate before voting on the no-confidence motion had been clearly mentioned in the law but didn’t take place.

Meanwhile, Justice Akhtar questioned the deputy speaker’s constitutional authority to pass such a ruling.

“I don’t think the deputy speaker had the authority to pass such a ruling,” Justice Akhtar said, adding that only the speaker could do so.

“The deputy speaker only chairs the session on the non-availability of the speaker,” the judge said.

During his arguments, Farooq H. Naek, who was representing the PPP and other opposition parties, contended that the ‘threat letter’ on the basis of which the ruling was passed was never shown in parliament.

Here, the CJP observed that the deputy speaker’s ruling mentioned the meeting of the parliamentary committee for security. “The opposition deliberately didn’t attend the meeting,” he said, adding that the matter of the letter was put forth there. Supreme Court already rejected a request to suspend the ruling of Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri regarding the no-confidence motion yesterday.

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