Supreme Court dismisses PTI MNAs’ resignations petition for being ineffective
Babar Awan urges Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of president’s tweet
By News Desk
August 21, 2023 11:38 AM
The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition concerning the resignations of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members of the National Assembly after declaring it ineffective, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Shahid Orakzai had filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting it to order the acceptance of the resignations tendered by the PTI MNAs in 2014.
A two-judge bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case on Monday.
The state prosecutor told the court that the 2013 National Assembly had completed its term, hence the petition became ineffective.
Accepting his argument, the court dismissed the PTI petition declaring it ineffective.
Babar Awan's reaction
PTI leader and legal expert Babar Awan has asked the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of President Arif Alvi’s tweet, denying signing Army Act and Official Secrets Act (Amendment) Bills.
Babar Awan said “President’s post carries immense weight. He is head of the State, part of the Parliament, all IMF agreements are done in his name and he is the supreme commander of the Army Forces.”
He said: “Whatever the president said is respectable. It’s a criminal offence to go against the president. The outcome would be Article 6 where there is violation of the constitutional post.”
He further said Article 186 authorises the president to place the matter before the apex court. “I would request the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the president’s tweet.”
Reporter Amanat Gishkori