NA restored, Dept. Speaker Ruling declared null & void – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Pakistan reinstated the National Legislature on Thursday after determining that the government’s move to dissolve the assembly and NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling against the Constitution were unconstitutional.
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The decision of the National Assembly Deputy Speaker to dismiss the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan administration was deemed “unconstitutional” by a five-judge bench of the Pakistan Supreme Court.

In defiance of President Arif Alvi’s decision to dissolve Pakistan’s lower house of parliament, the bench has ordered the National Assembly’s restoration. Furthermore, opposition parties have been granted authority to stage a no-confidence vote against the Imran Khan administration.

The decree for new elections has also been ruled “null and invalid”.

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“Because the prime minister lacked the authority to urge the president to dissolve the assembly, all decisions made to date have been declared null and void,” the Supreme Court said.

The Supreme Court has directed National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier to convene the session on Saturday (April 9) at 10 a.m. to vote on the no-confidence resolution against the premier.

If the no-confidence motion against the prime minister is successful, the parliament will pick the new prime minister.

The order from the Supreme Court stated.

Umar Ata Bandial, Pakistan’s Chief Justice, had stated that the court will proceed only after considering national interest and realistic possibilities.

As the Supreme Court started deliberations on Suri’s “unconstitutional” behavior for the sixth consecutive day today, the top justice emphasized that the deputy speaker’s judgment is, prima facie, a breach of Article 95.

The case is being heard by the Supreme Court’s five-member bigger bench, which is led by Justice Bandial and includes Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

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