ISLAMABAD, Apr 8 (NNN-APP) – The Pakistani Supreme Court, yesterday, declared Pakistani President, Arif Alvi’s decision to dissolve the National Assembly, contrary to the Constitution and restored the government.
The apex court also ordered the assembly to summon a session, to vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister, Imran Khan.
The verdict came after the National Assembly rejected the opposition alliance’s no-confidence motion against the prime minister on Sunday, declaring it against the country’s Constitution.
In a short verdict, the Supreme Court said that, Khan’s advice to the president to dissolve the National Assembly was contrary to the country’s Constitution and has no legal effect.
Ordering the restoration of the National Assembly, the court directed the assembly’s speaker, to summon a session, before 10:30 a.m. local time tomorrow, to fulfill the proceedings on the no-confidence motion.
A five-member bench, chaired by the country’s Chief Justice, Umar Ata Bandial, announced the verdict with a unanimous decision of 5-0.
In Sunday’s session, Deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament, Qasim Khan Suri, gave the ruling, after listening to argument by the country’s Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, who said that, the motion against Khan has been moved, after a powerful foreign country wished for “regime change” in the country.
Amid chants of “The Friend of the United States is a Traitor,” Chaudhry said, Khan’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy, angered the said country, which conspired against him.