Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandiyal on Thursday said that National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s move to dismiss the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan through a controversial decision was prima facie wrong and violative of Article 95 of the Constitution. The Supreme Court heard the high-profile case on the fourth day as the Constitution.

Chief Justice Bandiyal, presiding over a five-judge bench comprising Justices Ijazul Ahsan, Mohammad Ali Mazhar Miyankhel, Muneeb Akhtar and Jamal Khan Mandokhail, made the remarks during the hearing on Thursday. The court is going to deliver the verdict today. There is increasing pressure on the court to complete the hearing at the earliest. During the hearing on the fourth day, Chief Justice Bandiyal said that the decision of the Deputy Speaker is prima facie violative of Article 95.

Earlier, Barrister Ali Zafar, representing President Arif Alvi, presented his arguments. The report said that Bandiyal questioned Zafar that if everything is being done according to the Constitution, then where is the constitutional crisis in the country. The top judge also asked the lawyer why he was not telling whether there was a constitutional crisis in the country or not.

“If everything is happening according to the Constitution, then where is the crisis?” The Chief Justice asked. During the hearing, Justice Miankhel asked Zafar whether the Prime Minister was a public representative. The lawyer answered yes. Miankhel then asked whether the Prime Minister would be protected if the Constitution was violated in Parliament.

To this, Zafar replied that the Constitution should be protected according to the rules laid down by it. He said that every article has to be kept in mind to protect the Constitution. Justice Bandiyal then asked what would happen when injustice was done to the entire assembly, not just one member.

Justice Mandokhel said that even though Deputy Speaker Suri announced the April 3 judgment, which rejected the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan, it was signed by Speaker Asad Qaiser. According to the Dawn newspaper report, Suri and Kaiser’s counsel Naeem Bukhari presented their arguments in the matter related to the validity of the deputy speaker’s decision.

National Assembly deputy speaker Suri ruled on Sunday that the no-confidence motion was linked to a “foreign conspiracy” to topple the government and was therefore not maintainable. A few minutes later, President Alvi, on the advice of Prime Minister Khan, dissolved the National Assembly. During the hearing on Wednesday, the Chief Justice repeatedly reminded the lawyers to complete their arguments at the earliest for passing orders to the Bench.

The outcome will decide not only the fate of the antitrust but also the dissolution of the National Assembly and the ensuing elections. If Khan gets a favorable verdict, elections will be held within 90 days. Experts said that if the court decides against the deputy speaker, Parliament will reconvene and move a no-confidence motion against Khan.