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NA deputy speaker's decision to reject no-confidence motion is unconstitutional, rules SC

NA deputy speaker's decision to reject no-confidence motion is unconstitutional, rules SC
July 14, 2022 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the decision of National Assembly former Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri to reject the no-confidence motion against former PM Imran Khan is unconstitutional.

Issuing the detailed judgment in the suo motu notice on the ruling, the court ruled that it is duty of the executive to decide about the diplomatic letter. "The complete text of the alleged foreign letter has not been shown to the court," it ruled.

The court termed since the ruling and detailed reasons of the deputy speaker and the advice of the prime minister to the President to dissolve the National Assembly have been declared unconstitutional and the dissolution of the National Assembly by the President has no legal effect.

The order stated that “even so being a Court of Law we must decide matters strictly in accordance with the Constitution and the law and not on the basis of expediency or individual perception. Therefore, if today we maintain the dissolution of National Assembly, which has been brought about by the illegal actions of the Deputy Speaker, the prime minister and President, we will effectively be disobeying the Constitution, specifically Article 95(2).”

A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ejazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail had announced a short order on April 7, 2022 on ruling passed on April 03, 2022 by the deputy speaker.