CJP Bandial takes suo motu notice of today’s NA proceedings

Following the dissolution of the National Assembly and dismissal of the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, Supreme Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has taken suo moto notice of the prevailing political situation in the country, Geo News reported Sunday.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial reached the top court after President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly. Meanwhile, the joint Opposition has prepared a petition to challenge the ruling of Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri which rejected the no-trust motion, terming it “unconstitutional”.

According to the petition, the speaker should be directed to convene the session today as “the deputy speaker cannot adjourn the session as it is unconstitutional.”

The petition has also named President Arif Alvi, PM Imran Khan, Speaker NA Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri. Sources privy to the matter said that a special bench of the top court will hear the case.

Earlier in the day, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari announced to take the matter of no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan to the Supreme Court. He maintained that they have the majority and have the required numbers to dislodge the prime minister.

“The speaker committed an unconstitutional act at the final stage. The constitution of Pakistan has been violated and the punishment for violating the constitution is clear.” Taking to Twitter, Bilawal said, “The government has violated the Constitution. Did not allow voting on the no-confidence motion.”

“Our lawyers are on their way to Supreme Court. We call on all institutions to protect, uphold, defend & implement the constitution of Pakistan,” he wrote.

‘Speaker’s decision cannot be challenged
Meanwhile, former federal minister for information Fawad Chaudhry said that decision of the speaker is “final and cannot be challenged in any court.”

“The power of speaker in this regard is unlimited,” he said while talking to journalists. The former minister said that the deputy speaker has taken the decision courageously, adding that although “we have lost out government we are still celebrating and they are crying.”

Taking a jibe at the Opposition leader, he challenged that if they are so confident why don’t they fight in the elections.

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