Ruling coalition boycotts Supreme Court’s proceedings on Punjab CM’s election
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to continue the hearing on the Punjab chief minister’s election with the current three-member bench, the ruling coalition has decided to boycott the hearing scheduled to be held today at 11:30am.
Addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister’s House, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the head of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, has said that the coalition parties want to make a clear stand that if the full court bench not formed, we will also reject the decision of the judiciary and will no longer appear before this bench regarding the case of Punjab CM.
“We boycott the proceedings the apex court,” Fazl announced, adding that the coalition government doesn’t want any institution to interfere in its matters.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the counsellors of the government’s alliance advised the jury according to the Constitution. “The top court, however, considered our demand impartially and rejected our petition.”
He said that due to the past decisions of the three judges, their mental attitude seemed to be estimated that the decision given by this bench would be considered a biased decision, therefore, in order to restore and maintain the confidence of both the parties and the confidence of the nation in the judgment, we suggested a full court.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and PPP Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that when a decision is being taken about an institution, the entire bench should hear the case.
Bilawal, while endorsing Fazl’s statement, said that the PPP, along with all other alliance parties of the PDM, has decided to boycott the court proceedings.
PML-N’s senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that this was the “test of the Supreme Court now”. He further added that the PDM had warned if the decision was taken by a full court, only then it would be accepted by the people of Pakistan.