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Supreme Court says discarding MNA's vote on no-trust motion will be 'insulting'

11:25 PM | 24 Mar, 2022
Supreme Court says discarding MNA's vote on no-trust motion will be 'insulting'

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said on Thursday it would be "insulting" to discard a lawmaker's vote during the no-confidence motion against the prime minister and that a member of the National Assembly (MNA) could not be barred from voting.

A larger bench of the Supreme Court heard the presidential reference, which sought interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution that deals with disqualification of parliamentarians over defection.

The five-member larger bench presided over by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial had members such as Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail.

During the hearing, the chief justice said the apex court under the advisory jurisdiction could not fill in the blanks as could be done by the parliament.

Justice Mandokhail referred to Articles 55 and 95, which mentioned an MNA's right to vote.

Justice Miankhel asked Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan whether he wanted to make the party head a king.

Another member of the apex bench, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, asked the AGP about the scope of the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP ) inquiry under Article 63 of the Constitution

Justice Ahsan said the ECP would examine procedural lapses during the inquiry and noted that the Constitution does not justify defection under Article 63-A of the Constitution.

The PTI, PML-N, JUI-F and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) submitted written replies in this case on Thursday.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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