ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan restored the National Assembly Thursday after it declared the government’s decision to dissolve the assembly and NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling against the Constitution.
The top court has ordered National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier to summon the session on Saturday (April 9) and not later than 10:30am to allow the vote on the no-confidence motion against the premier.
“In consequence of the foregoing, it is declared that at all material times the Prime Minister was under the bar imposed by the Explanation to clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution and continues to remain so restricted. He could not, therefore, have at any time advised the President to dissolve the Assembly as contemplated by clause (1) of Article 58,” the court’s order read.
“In consequence of the foregoing, it is declared that the advice tendered by the Prime Minister on or about 03.04.2022 to the President to dissolve the Assembly was contrary to the Constitution and of no legal effect,” said the order.
The Supreme Court also “declared that the assembly was in existence at all times, and continues to remain and be so”.
The apex court also stated that the speaker cannot prorogue the assembly and bring the session to an end if the no-trust motion fails or after a new prime minister is elected if a no-confidence motion is passed.
The court ruled that no member will be barred from casting their vote. It also stated that if the no-trust motion fails then the government will continue to carry out its affairs.
“…if the no-confidence motion against the prime minister succeeds, then the assembly will appoint the new prime minister,” the top court’s order said.
Reacting to the decision of the top court, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took to Twitter and celebrated the Opposition’s win by writing: “Democracy is the best revenge.”
Talking to media personnel, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif said the top court’s decision was in line with the expectations of the masses.
“The Constitution has been saved and Pakistan has been saved through this decision […] the court has upheld its independence and respect,” the Opposition leader said.
He thanked the top court for its unanimous decision to strengthen the parliament and its sovereignty.
“We will no fight the battles of economy and politics for the people.”
Speaking to journalists along with Shahbaz, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman congratulated the nation and said that the decision of the SC was a win for the country’s Constitution.
Fazl announced that the Opposition will be observing a day of gratefulness “Youm e Tashakkur’ tomorrow.
“May Allah help us steer this country out of the economic turmoil,” he said.
Reacting to the decision of the Supreme Court, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry expressed his regret and disappointment, terming the verdict “unfortunate”.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “This unfortunate decision has exacerbated the political crisis in Pakistan. Immediate elections could have brought stability to the country. Unfortunately, the importance of the people has been overlooked. Let’s see how things go now.”