Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan appoints Fawad Chaudhry as justice minister in desperate bid to hold the reins

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In a desperate attempt to abort the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, the federal government, led by the outgoing prime minister, installed Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry as Pakistan’s justice minister. Having previously served as information minister, Chaudhry swung into action just hours after assuming the additional portfolio, after Farogh Naseem tendered his resignation as his Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) party stood down. separated from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Amounting to a defection from the Khan-led regime, MQM-P’s Aminul Haque also resigned as federal minister of information technology and telecommunications.

Imran Khan appoints new justice minister Fawad Chaudhry to save crumbling PTI regime

Hours after appointing the justice minister, a desperate Imran Khan again approached the judiciary to hand things over to the federal government he currently leads. In the latest petition to the Supreme Court, new Justice Minister Fawad Chaudhry has called for the establishment of a “commission of inquiry” to prosecute anti-state activities by political parties in the state. opposition through dishonest and abuse of power.

The minister requested the court to legally try the parties for sedition and treason against the democratically and legally elected government as provided for in the provisions of the Pakistani Constitution. Further, the plea calls for the commission to report to the Supreme Court for proper instructions to be issued against any political party member involved in an unconstitutional and unlawful act against their government.

“Declare and order that the “no-confidence resolution” is tainted, dishonest and utterly incompetent to be motivated by treason as well as sedition and aided by foreign powers,” the plea added.

Can the Supreme Court of Pakistan come to the rescue of Imran Khan?

Earlier, he approached the High Court in Islamabad to reveal the contents of the “threatening letter”, but the court warned Khan not to disclose the contents of the letter, which would amount to a confidential communication. Under the Acts, the alleged “threat” to the PTI government falls within the jurisdiction of the Official Secrets Act 1923 and Section 5 of the Act. Imran Khan, as Prime Minister, has no right to divulge any elements of the letter.

While critics question why Imran Khan reached out to the Apex Court, the laws of Pakistan imply that matters within the jurisdiction of the National Assembly are solely and legally at the discretion of the Speaker of the House and that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has no jurisdiction. on these issues unless constitutional irregularities have been found.

Two days after informing of a ‘threatening letter’ at the PTI mega rally, it is speculated that Prime Minister Khan could go to court to disclose the contents of the letter or seek legal remedies for the threat against his office. Additionally, analysts say Khan considered filing Article 6 against Common Opposition members; the provision deals with high treason and carries only the death penalty.

Only the federal government can set the motion and currently, Imran Khan is part of the federal government of Pakistan until the motion of no confidence comes to a vote and he fails to maintain or reach a majority in favor of his post as Prime Minister.

The statement is relevant as prominent political parties tabled the motion against Imran Khan on March 8 and so will a vote on April 3.

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