Constitutional process should be followed, says CJP Bandial


The Supreme Court Saturday fixed the SCBAs petition seeking the apex court’s order against the public meetings in Islamabad. Photo: file
The Supreme Court Saturday fixed the SCBA’s petition seeking the apex court’s order against the public meetings in Islamabad. Photo: file  

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial Saturday said that the no-trust motion is a political matter and the process should be followed according to the Constitution.

The CJP’s remarks came during the urgent hearing of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) petition seeking the apex court’s order against the public gatherings in the federal capital ahead of voting on the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Earlier, the SC had fixed March 21st as the date to hear the petition but the case was fixed for today after an attack on the Sindh House by the PTI workers on Friday.

A two-member bench of the SC heard the petition filed by SCBA President Ahsan Bhoon.

In its petition, the SCBA said that all the parties must be restrained from acting against the Constitution of the country. It said that both sides had expressed their intentions to gather, and protest at a mass scale in Islamabad in the wake of the vote of no-confidence against the premier and feared that the gatherings may turn violent.

As per the details, the inspector general of the Islamabad police (IGP) has been ordered to appear before the Supreme Court in a personal capacity and a notice has also been issued to the attorney general in this regard. Hearing on the case will start shortly.

On Friday, after around two dozen PTI MNAs decided to move to the Sindh House to seek refuge from the government’s wrath, party workers had resorted to violence in Islamabad as they barged into the lodge to throw the lawmakers out.

Hordes of PTI workers had participated in the demonstration. The workers had chanted slogans against the lawmakers and in PM Khan’s support. 

Following the incident, two PTI MNAs — Attaullah Niazi and Faheem Khan — and 12 PTI members had been arrested by the Islamabad Police for partaking in the protest. But later, the detained lawmakers and the activists had been released on a personal guarantee.

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