Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial has remarked PTI should play its role in parliament.
He further observed millions of people have been rendered homeless in floods at present. Neither drinking water is available nor food to eat. People are coming from abroad to help flood victims. See the economic situation of the country too”.
He gave these remarks while presiding over two members bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of an appeal filed by the PTI against an Islamabad High Court decision about ‘peacemeal’ approval of the resignations purportedly from its 123 MNAs.
Faisal Siddiqui, counsel for PTI argued at the inception of hearing of the case that Qasim Suri had accepted the resignations. If the resignations are accepted once then they can not be verified again. Election can not be held in favorite constituencies .
He further argued no member of assembly except Shakoor Shad had denied tendering of resignation. High Court maintained it cannot interfere in speaker job. On the other hand it suspended speaker order on the petition of Shakoor Shad. Imran Khan collected Rs 13.5 billion to help flood affectees. PTI members are busy in their respective constituencies in helping the flood victims.
The CJP remarked speaker has his own procedure to verify the resignations of members of assembly. How can we interfere. Every institution has its own capability. Has the speaker been ever asked why he is not verifying the resignations. Chief Justice (CJ) Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah has given the verdict after careful consideration. It is very difficult for the court to make such interference in the work of speaker. Qasim Suri decision seemed to have been taken with the intent what he had given in no trust motion. There is a complete system for general election. Turn out is low in by polls.
Justice Ayesha Malik remarked no mention about name of any member of assembly is made in Qasim Suri decision whose resignations were accepted. PTI as a party can come to the court how. Giving resignation is individual act of member of assembly. PTI has what problem with scrutiny.
The CJP remarked people have elected for five years. We want PTI plays its role in parliament. Playing role in the parliament is real duty. If PTI knew how much expenses will be incurred on holding by polls on 123 seats. We are giving another chance to think and seek instructions from party.
The court while giving more time to Faisal Chaudhry counsel for PTI for preparation in connection with the case adjourned the hearing of the case for indefinite period.