What is written in Articles 5 and 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan?
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan as unconstitutional, after which President Dr Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on the suggestion of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif said that Article 6 of the constitution would apply against him on the initiative of the Prime Minister.
Article 5 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan deals with loyalty to the state and obedience to the constitution and law, while Article 6 deals with high treason.
Article 5 of the Constitution
Article 5 basically has two clauses. According to the first clause, loyalty to the state is the basic duty of every citizen, while the second clause states, that “Obedience to the constitution and law is the responsibility of every citizen wherever he is and every person who is currently in Pakistan.”
Article 6 of the Constitution
“Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.”
The second clause adds that any person aiding, abetting or collaborating in the acts will also be considered guilty of high treason.
Clause 2A says that an act of high treason cannot be validated by any court, including the Supreme Court and a High Court.”
The last clause directs the Parliament to provide “for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.”
According to united opposition statement, Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri has used his powers to distort the constitution of Pakistan to which Article 6 applies on Deputy Speaker and PM Imran Khan.