The government has hailed the Supreme Court’s detailed verdict on former National Assembly deputy speaker Qasim Khan Suri’s ruling on the no-trust motion against former prime minister Imran Khan.
In its verdict, the apex court said that Suri’s April 3 ruling, which had dismissed then opposition’s no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, failed to qualify for protection of the internal proceedings of parliament under Article 69(1) as it was “not the outcome of a vote in the assembly instead, it was a unilateral decision”.
Welcoming the verdict, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said it has exposed the “lies and propaganda” of the PTI chief and his government. “Utterly shameful how Imran Khan tried to undermine the Constitution and manufactured the lie of regime change,” he said.
Federal Minister for Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar said that the verdict would serve as an example in the future, adding that the court has proven once again that it would always uphold the Constitution and protect the people’s mandate.
PM’s Adviser on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira said that everything that happened on April 3 was a “conspiracy against the institutions and the Constitution” of Pakistan. “We have said this time and again: Imran Khan is a fascist man whose party is bent on spreading hatred and polarisation in the country.”
However, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry termed the verdict to be “full of contradictions”.
He said: “But when an elected assembly comes, and the PTI comes [to power] with a two-thirds majority, we will get this judgment quashed by the assembly. This judgment will be presented in parliament and it will be decided whether Article 6 (which pertains to treason) applies to a violation of Article 69.”