Chairman Lee postponed the meeting four times a day amid opposition from the opposition.
If there’s one thing the past few weeks have taught us, it’s that the PTI government will do anything to come to power.
Only last week did the vice-chairman, on the orders of the prime minister, openly violate the constitution, disallowing a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. This measure is in response to the spread of conspiracy theories at the top level that oppose regime change by colluding with foreign countries.
But all of this action looks pale compared to what the National Assembly witnessed in the session convened by the Supreme Court on Saturday.
In a unanimous ruling delivered on Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned the vice-chairman’s decision to dismiss the motion of no confidence and all subsequent orders passed by the prime minister and president. The court order also clearly defined how the meeting should be conducted. Regarding the procedure, the order stated:
The Chairman is obliged to convene and hold the General Assembly in the current session, and he must act immediately and in any case before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022, of the House of Representatives. Today’s Order, issued on April 3, 2022, together with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the 2007 National Assembly Rules, the conditions set forth and required in Article 95 of the Constitution (“Rules”).
When the session began on Saturday, the chairman gave Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif a say, followed by lengthy speeches by lawmakers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asad Umar and many others blaming the other.
In the midst of this, the chairman adjourned the meeting four times that day, despite opposition from lawmakers.
The chairman continued to assert that he was conducting the meeting strictly in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling.
but he? What can the court do if he is not?
According to Attorney Abdul Moiz JaferiiThe Supreme Court has ordered that the Speaker of the National Assembly convene today’s National Assembly, carry out the work of the plenary session, and have the duty to ensure the requirements of Article 95 in accordance with the order of the day written on March 3, 2022. Read as Rule 37.
The latter two provisions of the Constitution and the law preclude all other business and require a vote on a no-confidence ballot within a period already violated by the chairman.
The Chairman is currently violating an express order of the Court, and is doing so with the help of the Chairman’s Panel. One of the chairman’s panels presided over the afternoon session, casually quoting parts of the Constitution to fit his own design. PTI.
The Chairman and its members are already behaving maliciously, and by allowing orders and duties other than a no-confidence vote to go against the spirit of the court order. It would be obvious contempt if they continued this from today onwards.
Reparations for this could come in the form of heeding themselves because the Supreme Court’s order was of a suo moto character. Otherwise, the opposing party may move the relevant application to the court alleging contempt to achieve the same result.
PTI’s own lawmakers argue that courts cannot dictate how congressional proceedings are conducted under section 69 of the Constitution. to maintain order in the parliament.
However, in this case, non-compliance with the constitutional requirement for a no-confidence vote is not a procedural negligence, but a violation of the Constitution. This is the Supreme Court’s declaration. Continuing this mad hatter-style interpretation of the Constitution, the Chairman and his associates are violating the Constitution and blaspheming the court orders.
Meanwhile, Attorney Salahuddin Ahmed I tweeted a more serious scenario.
“If the Chairman or Vice-Chairman [sic] If they continue to refuse to comply with the VONC order, the SC may restrain them from presiding over the meeting and instruct members of the Chairman’s Panel to be prepared to comply,” he said.
“If no one is ready, Congress appoints by a majority vote. Compliance with orders must be ensured by superiors. [sic] A weapon of Parliament which may be permitted to seek assistance from the Pakistan Rangers or other LEA as needed.”
Attorney Salman Akram Raja “SC orders can be enforced at any NA meeting presided over by any member,” he said.