Supreme Court restores Pakistan's National Assembly, terms deputy speaker’s ruling unconstitutional

Vote on Opposition's no-trust motion against PM Imran to be held on Saturday

Web Desk 08:31 PM | 7 Apr, 2022
Supreme Court restores Pakistan's National Assembly, terms deputy speaker’s ruling unconstitutional
Source: Supreme court website

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday announced its verdict on the ruling of National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri against the Opposition’s no-confidence motion that was followed by dissolution of the National Assembly last week.

The court declared all actions of the deputy speaker, prime minister and the president null and void and announced restoration of the National Assembly.

The NA will now hold the vote on Opposition's no-trust motion against PM Imran Khan on Saturday morning (10am).

The Supreme Court ruled that President Dr Arif Alvi's decision to dissolve the National Assembly was "contrary to the Constitution and the law and of no legal effect" and noted that the prime minister could not have advised the president to dissolve the assembly as he continued to remain under the bar imposed under clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution.

The short order reads, "It is further declared that the [National] Assembly was in existence at all times, and continues to remain and be so."

The verdict restored the prime minister and his cabinet to the April 3 position. "In consequence of the foregoing, it is declared that the prime minister and federal ministers, ministers of state, advisers, etc stand restored to their respective offices."

NA session on Saturday

The court ordered the National Assembly be reconvened on Saturday no later than 10:30am. It said the session cannot be prorogued without conclusion of the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said, "The deputy speaker gave a ruling on April 3. Leave was granted on the no-confidence motion on March 28. The ruling of the speaker is declared unconstitutional."

The chief justice said the verdict was announced with a unanimous agreement of 5-0 after the judges consulted each other. He said, "The current issues are done away with."

The verdict said the government could not interfere in MNAs' participation in the assembly session.

Order to have no impact on Article 63 case proceedings

The court said the order would not impact the proceedings under Article 63 of the Constitution.

"It is, however, clarified that nothing in this short order shall affect the operation of Article 63A of the Constitution and consequences thereof in relation to any member of the Assembly if he votes on the Resolution or (if such be the case) the election of a Prime Minister thereafter in such manner as is tantamount to his defection from the political party to which he belongs within the meaning of the said Article," the verdict reads.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, while talking to the media after the verdict, said the court had "definitely fulfilled the people's expectations".

He wrote on Twitter, "An epoch-making day! Mubarak to all who supported, defended & campaigned for the supremacy of the Constitution. Today, politics of lies, deceit & allegations has been buried. People of Pakistan have won! God bless Pakistan."

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also welcomed the court verdict.

He took to Twitter to share his emotions. He wrote, "Democracy is the best revenge! Jiya Bhutto! Jiya Awam! Pakistan Zindabad."

Key points from SC verdict

CJP Bandial remarked it was clear the April 3 ruling of Qasim Khan Suri against the Opposition’s no-confidence motion was unconstitutional.

The deputy speaker’s ruling is prima facie a violation of the Article 95 of the Constitution, the chief justice said, as the SC resumed hearing of a suo motu notice related Suri’s ruling and dissolution of the National Assembly.

Saying the court will issue a verdict today, the top judge remarked: “We have to look at national interests”. It is also yet to see what will happen next," CJP Bandial remarked. 

Last Sunday, Suri disallowed the vote on no-trust motion at a time when the Opposition claimed that it has achieved the numbers to oust Imran Khan from his office.

The deputy speaker said that the motion was a part of a foreign conspiracy and cannot be allowed to table in the House. Shortly after the ruling, PM Imran Khan dissolved the National Assembly.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 267.53 268.18
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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