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Does speaker have right to sabotage constitutional process of no-trust motion? questions CJP

Does speaker have right to sabotage constitutional process of no-trust motion? questions CJP
April 6, 2022 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Atta Bandial remarked that the no-confidence motion is a legal process and whether the speaker has the right to sabotage the constitutional process.

Hearing the suo motu notice of the situation arising after the dismissal of the no-confidence motion by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on Wednesday, he said that the no-confidence motion is a constitutional process. "The court will announce the verdict according to the law and constitution, not on the basis of loyalties."

The CJP remarked that the case pertains to the violation of the Article 95. "The court can intervene where there is the violation of the constitution."

The court rejected PTI counsel's plea for in-camera briefing.

Ali Zafar, counsel for President Arif Alvi, contended that the parliament cannot look into any matter of the parliament. "The court has no power to review the ruling of the speaker. The parliament should be given an opportunity to look into its problems," he added.

Justice Jamal Khan questioned whether the speaker is not bound to follow the constitution.

On the other hand, the court adjourned the case till 9:30am on Thursday.