Rolling of Deputy Speaker on April 3 and dissolution of National Assembly declared unconstitutional, National Assembly restored: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ruled in the case of Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Qasim Suri’s April 3 rolling, dissolution of the National Assembly by the President.

A five-member bench of the apex court unanimously ruled that the dissolution of the National Assembly by the President on the advice of Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on April 3 and the Prime Minister’s advice to reject the no-confidence motion was unconstitutional. Restores National Assembly.

Rolling of Deputy Speaker on April 3 and dissolution of National Assembly declared unconstitutional, National Assembly restored: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in its decision said that the National Assembly should be convened on April 9.

The apex court further said that the vote on the no-confidence motion should be held on Saturday at 10 am, the orders of the caretaker government of the president are declared null and void, if the no-confidence motion is passed then the assembly should elect a new prime minister.

The court ruled that no member would be barred from casting his vote, adding that if the no-confidence motion failed, the government would continue to run its affairs.

Highlights of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision

The decision in the suo motu notice case was pronounced unanimously by five zeros
Rolling of Deputy Speaker on April 3 and dissolution of Assembly by President was unconstitutional: SC

National Assembly is restored, Supreme Court

National Assembly to convene on April 9, Supreme Court
Voting on the no-confidence motion should be held on Saturday at 10 am, the Supreme Court said
The orders of the caretaker government of the President are declared null and void, the Supreme Court said
If the no-confidence motion is passed, the assembly will elect a new prime minister, the Supreme Court said
No member of National Assembly should be barred from casting vote: Supreme Court
If the no-confidence motion fails, the government will continue to carry out its affairs, Supreme Court said
A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the most important case which also included Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Mazhar Alam Mian Khel and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

Before announcing the verdict, the Supreme Court summoned Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja to the Supreme Court, whereupon he rushed to the apex court.

When the five-member bench reached the court, they questioned the Chief Election Commissioner regarding the conduct of the election, to which the Chief Election Commissioner said that we should be ready to hold the election in 90 days, the Election Commission is always ready to hold the election. But we have to limit, so we need 6 to 7 months.

Bilawal filed objections in the Supreme Court regarding electoral reforms
Before the verdict was announced by the Supreme Court, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari submitted objections to the Supreme Court regarding electoral reforms. The Chief Justice had asked Bilawal to submit the details before 7.30 pm.

Summary of today’s hearing

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked in today’s hearing that one thing we can see is that the rolling of the speaker is wrong.

In the Supreme Court, Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan also withdrew from defending the role of Deputy Speaker.

During the hearing in the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked that the Assemblies could not be dissolved during the no-confidence motion. It is unconstitutional to do so. The motion is not for a no-confidence motion, it is for voting. Speaker’s rolling has paved the way for the dissolution of the Assembly. If anyone is failing, then by holding such rolling new elections, billions of rupees are spent on elections.