- The PM’s aide says our demands are correct under the law.
Islamabad: Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Ataullah Tarar said that the federation made three prayers in the fresh petition before the Supreme Court for constitution of another bench for hearing of election delay case.
“Our demands are under the law and the parliament being a constitutional institution has also done legislation in this regard,” said Ata Tarar while talking to the reporters outside the Supreme Court on Monday.
Tarar’s reaction came at the moment when the top court is seized with the hearing of the petition of PTI and others against delay in the elections of the Punjab and Khyber Pakthtunkhwa.
“Three prayers have been made through the fresh plea that the incumbent three-member bench should not hear the elections delay case as it was already dismissed with majority 4-3 verdict. The second prayer that the nine judges who earlier took up the case should not hear this case as they had expressed their mind while the third prayer is that a six-member bench of the apex should hear the case,” he said.
He stated that Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan filed the petition and raised serious objections concerning the matter. He said that Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan argued about the verdict of March 1, saying that the case had already been rejected by majority 4-3.
He said that the incumbent bench could not hear the case after Justice Isa’s judgment.
The PML-N leader also demanded that Justice Ijazul Ahsan should not be part of this bench as he had already recused himself from the previous bench because he had expressed his mind in CCPO Dogar case.
The PM’s aide said that Justice Isa on March 29 ruled that the rules should be framed about the apex court and constitution of its benches to hear the matters under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, regretting that an administrative order overruled the judicial order.
“The registrar’s administrative order does not have any legal value and this has also been mentioned in the fresh petition,” said the PML-N, pointing out that the AGP on behalf of the federation submitted that nine-member bench heard it and all those nine judges also disclosed their mind, so CJP Bandial and Justice Muneeb Akhtar should also recuse from hearing the case.
The federation, he said, also made it clear that there was no way for separate elections under Article 124 of the Constitution. The President’s authority, he said, was also challenged through the fresh petition.
Suffocated environment everywhere: Kaira
Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP leader and Special Assistant to Prime Minister, said that talks were important for all including the courts.
He said that there was a suffocated environment in the country, saying that the nation should come out of such environment.
“Unfortunately the environment of the court is also not different,” said the PPP leader, hoping that the courts will decide the matter being beyond such environment.