PPP, Dost Mazari boycott proceedings on Punjab CM election case

The Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed hearing petitions on Tuesday regarding the ruling of Punjab deputy speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.


Irfan Qadir, on behalf of Mazari, appeared before the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and told the court that he had instructions from his client not to participate in the proceedings.

PPP’s counsel, Farooq Naik also refused to become part of court proceedings.

Qadir stated that they would file a request for a review for the formation of a full court bench.

This comes after the court on Monday dismissed several petitions requesting the establishment of a full bench of the court. on the issue of the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab and the ruling of the deputy speaker of Punjab.

The initial question was who can instruct members, CJ Bandial asked.

Based on the reading of the constitution, it is clear that it is the parliamentary party that gives instructions, said the chief justice, adding that no other legal reasoning is required at this point.

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It is not such an issue on which a full-court bench should be formed, CJ Bandial said.

In the course of the pleadings, references were made in the case of the 21st constitutional amendment, he said. The chief judge said there was an observation in the verdict of the 21st constitutional amendment that the chief of the party can issue instructions for voting.

While interpreting Article 63-A, the question was what would happen in the event of dissent, not who can issue instructions, he said.

The court requested Elahi’s lawyer, Ali Zafar, to assist the court with legal questions.

Another option is to separate ourselves from the bench, said the chief justice.

Establishing a full court was nothing more than dragging the matter, he said.

Those who boycotted the proceedings have demonstrated such grace that they are here to see the proceedings.

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