Pakistan: On April 3, assembly’s speaker had rejected the proposed no-confidence motion against the prime minister Imran Khan.
The Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the deputy speaker’s decision to reject the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran and the president’s subsequent dissolution of the National Assembly on the PM’s advice.
The court found that the deputy speaker’s decision was “contrary to the Constitution and the law, and of no legal force, and the same are hereby set aside”, the court said in a brief order.
The Supreme Court ruled that President Arif Alvi’s decision to dissolve the National Assembly was also “contrary to the Constitution and the law and of no legal effect,” noting that the prime minister could not have advised the president to dissolve the assembly because he is still subject to Article 58’s clause (1) bar.
The brief order adds, “It is further stated that the [National] Assembly was in existence at all times, and continues to stay so.”
The prime minister and his government were reinstated as a result of the court’s decision. “As a result of the preceding, the prime minister and federal ministers, ministers of state, advisors, and others are declared to be reinstated to their respective posts.”
Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered that the NA session be held on Saturday
The Supreme Court ordered the National Assembly to resume on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., stating that the session could not be prorogued until the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was resolved.
“On April 3, the deputy speaker made a decision. On March 28, the no-confidence motion was granted leave to proceed. The speaker’s decision is ruled unconstitutional”, justice Bandial declared.
According to the chief justice, the judgment was reached by a unanimous vote of 5-0 after the justices consulted. “The existing difficulties are no longer an issue,” he stated.
According to the ruling, the government could not interfere with any member of the national assembly (MNA) participation in the session.