The Supreme Court of Pakistan has termed the dismissal of the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan as ‘unconstitutional’. The top court had taken suo motu cognizance of the current political situation in the country.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandiyal had earlier noted during the hearing that the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri’s move to dismiss the no-confidence motion against the crisis-ridden Prime Minister Imran Khan through a controversial decision, prima facie, under Article 95 of the Constitution is a violation of. As the top court heard the high-profile case on the fourth day.
The matter was heard by a five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandyal and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel. Reserved the decision.
On 3 April, the deputy speaker of the Pakistan National Assembly rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan brought by the United Opposition and declared it unconstitutional.
The Deputy Speaker said that this is against the Constitution and the rules of Pakistan. Soon after, Imran Khan advised the President to dissolve the National Assembly and called for fresh elections. Thereafter the assembly was dissolved with immediate effect.