Govt will not accept SC decision in elections delay case: Law Minister
April 3, 2023 10:01 PM
Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar has said the government will not accept if a decision is made in haste on such a sensitive and important issue, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.
While addressing a session of the National Assembly, he said that the government demanded transparency in court proceedings.
He recalled that first, a nine-member bench was constituted. An objection was raised against two judges. The petition was filed by Pakistan Muslim League-N, People's Party, and JUI. Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi and Justice Muneeb Akhtar recused themselves from the bench, he scanned.
Tarar said that then, a five-member bench was made instead of seven.
“When the five-member bench started the hearing, three judges said that the President should give the election date for Punjab and the KP governor for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Nazir Tarar added.
He said that four judges had rejected the so-called suo moto.
The minister observed that the Election Commission withdrew the election schedule after consulting the stakeholders. “Instead of placing the matter before the full court, the Chief Justice again constituted a five-member bench,” he regretted.
“A seven-judge bench dismissed the case, surprisingly, the five-member bench started the hearing the case regarding the delay in elections in Punjab KP.”
He asserted that if the Supreme Court's decision on a sensitive and important issue is announced in haste, they will not accept it.
“We have tried our best to maintain the institution’s sanctity,” Tarar said adding that this is the same institution that gave nine years, instead of three months, to a dictator.
He further mentioned that the Attorney General of Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan asked for the formation of a six-member bench with judges who weren’t present in the bench before. “Now we hear the news that the verdict has been reserved.”