Supreme Court restores National Assembly, orders no-confidence vote to be held on Saturday

Pakistan Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside deputy speaker’s ruling to dismiss the no-trust resolution against Prime Minister Imran and the subsequent dissolution of the NA by the president on the PM’s advice, with all five judges unanimously voting 5-0 against it.

The court, in its short order, ruled that the deputy speaker’s ruling was “contrary to the Constitution and the law and of no legal effect, and the same are hereby set aside”.

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The apex court ruled that President Dr 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 as he continues to remain under the bar imposed under clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution.

“It is further declared that the [National] Assembly was in existence at all times, and continues to remain and be so,” the short order reads.

The court’s verdict restored the prime minister and his cabinet in their position. “In consequence of the foregoing, it is declared that the prime minister and federal ministers, ministers of state, advisers, etc stand restored to their respective offices.”

Court orders NA session to be held on Saturday

The Supreme Court ordered for the session of the National Assembly to reconvene on Saturday no later than 10:30am. saying that the session cannot be prorogued without the conclusion of the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“The deputy speaker gave a ruling on April 3. Leave was granted on the no-confidence motion on March 28. The ruling of the speaker is declared unconstitutional,” Justice Bandial declared.

The chief justice said the verdict was announced with a unanimous agreement of 5-0 after the judges consulted each other. “The current issues are done away with,” he said.

The verdict said that the government could not interfere in the participation of any MNA in the assembly session.

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