Supreme Court Resumed Hearing On Monday
The Supreme Court resumed hearing on Monday regarding Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s case contesting Dost Mohammad Mazari’s choice as deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly in the chief minister’s reelection last week, which resulted in Hamza Shehbaz’s victory.
Hamza, who was re-elected on July 22, had been given permission by a three-member bench made up of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Munib Akhtar to serve as “trustee” chief minister till today (Monday).
Leaders Of Respondent Parties Would Be Permitted Entry
Only leaders of respondent parties would be permitted entry into the courthouse with clearance from the SC administration, an Islamabad police spokesman said in a statement.
He continued by saying that political parties have in this regard submitted lists of leaders. In the Red Zone, including the area around the Supreme Court, no demonstration, procession, or group gathering is permitted.
Former President Of The Supreme Court Bar Association
Latif Afridi, a former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), was summoned to the podium by the bench to begin the hearing.
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A number of past SCBA presidents were in attendance, the chief justice noted. He said that the current case had a direct bearing on how the SC had interpreted Article 63-A.
The country’s present political climate, according to Afridi, is “extremely difficult.”
Bench Will Take Into Consideration The Opinions Of All Parties
The chief justice promised that the bench will take into consideration the opinions of all parties when PPP attorney Farooq H. Naek informed the court that he had submitted a plea earlier today.
Afridi cited the cases being heard in opposition to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to remove MPs due to defection.
Create A Full-Court Bench
He urged the court to create a full-court bench to prevent a constitutional catastrophe. “The crises are becoming worse. The system as a whole is in jeopardy.”
He asked the SC to convene a full court bench to hear every matter concurrently.
Irfan Qadir, the attorney for the deputy speaker, also asked the court to appoint a full bench. The Chief Justice of Pakistan questioned him about the justifications for assembling a full court bench.