Federal Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar has requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan to constitute a wider bench or a full court to hear the matter of the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab, as well as the petition for review by the Supreme Court Bar Association regarding the interpretation of section 63-A. Separately, former Minister of State Muhammad Talal Chaudhry and central leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has demanded that all judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan hear party cases.
Addressing a joint press conference with Punjab Home Minister Attaullah Tarar on Sunday, he said the political circumstances had reached such a situation that several constitutional issues needed to be resolved.
He said the President of Pakistan had sent a reference to the Supreme Court for interpretation of Rule 63-A before voting on a no-confidence resolution against then-Prime Minister Imran Khan, and it was appealed that votes cast against the guidelines of the leading party should not be counted.
The SC did not issue a stay order and the no-confidence proceedings were closed, he added.
The Justice Minister said that later in the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab, the 3-2 split judgment was given that votes cast against the party leader’s guidelines would not be counted. Therefore, 25 votes cast in favor of Hamza Shahbaz were not counted.
In the second round of elections for the post of Punjab chief minister on Friday, the votes of 10 PML-Q members, who had voted against the directives of party leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, were not counted, in the light of the verdict of the Supreme Court. He said that the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly announced the victory of Hamza Shahbaz as Chief Minister in light of the SC’s interpretation of Article 63-A. However, the other candidate, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, moved the SC and appealed to count those votes, he explained.
He said the Supreme Court Bar and civil society demanded that the hearing of these cases be held by the full court.
Tarar said prominent lawyers, including Latif Afridi, Yasin Azad, Fazal Haq Abbas, Qalb-e-Hussain and Ahsan Bhoon, also said it was a serious and sensitive issue that had been discussed more early by schools of 8 and 5 members; therefore, it should be heard by the full court now.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Talal Chaudhry said: “We are being given mother-in-law treatment, which is contrary to the fundamental principles of justice.”
He said various cases against Imran Khan were pending decision, including the foreign funding case. He said, “We have full confidence in the judicial system, which should handle all cases against the leaders of PML-N, PTI and other parties.”
The former minister said that the PML-N has launched mega uprising programs including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and everyone is aware of the party’s services for the country and the people of Pakistan.
He said PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was disqualified for ‘not receiving a salary from his son’ while on the other hand the mega scandals related to Imran Khan including the foreign funding affair , have been pending for a long time.
He said that Imran Khan used to issue threats against state institutions to get favorable decisions from them, he said.
Talal Chaudhry said Chaudhry Shujaat was praised when he favored the position of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), but was declared “dishonest” by the party when he favored the candidate PML- NOT.