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Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif too demands resignation of CJP 

April 7, 2023 11:19 PM


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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has also demanded the resignation of chief justice of Pakistan( CJP) Umar Ata Bandial.

The ex-PM made the demand on Twitter, saying that courts take the nations out of crises and not push them into crises, he tweeted, adding that the CJP imposed a minority judgment.  He (CJP) should resign immediately, Nawaz stressed.

The former prime minister’s demand comes moments after the federal government has raised the demand for the resignation of the CJP.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the federal information minister said CJP Umar Ata Bandial should step down as his position has become controversial, especially after Justice Athar Minallah’s note in the case pertaining to elections in Punjab.

"When there was no petition, questions arise as to why the bench was formed and why a decision was made. The political parties were too in favour of constituting a full bench so the people could accept the decision. Political parties do not shy away from elections, but this is no longer just an election issue. It has become a matter of 'bench fixing'," she added.

The National Assembly yesterday adopted a resolution rejecting the Supreme Court's verdict regarding holding Punjab elections on May 14. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seconded the coalition government’s stance. Talking to the media in London, Nawaz Sharif said the parliament passed the resolution perfectly.

“I am in favour of this resolution,” he said in reply to a query. “The Parliament should tell the fact that the house is the supreme body,” he added. 

The resolution noted that the National Assembly on March 28 in a resolution had called on the Supreme Court to avoid "interfering" in political matters. It also noted that multiple sections of the society had called on the apex court to form a full court bench but it was ignored and only one political party was heard in the case.

“Completely ignoring the clear resolution of the Parliament and the majority decision of the four judges of the Supreme Court, the three-member special bench imposed a minority opinion, which is a violation of the traditions, precedents and procedures of the Supreme Court,” noted the resolution. It added that a minority was imposed on the majority.

 



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