The coalition government and parties of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Sunday decided to file a petition to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, seeking the formation of a full bench to hear the case related to the Punjab chief minister’s re-election. 

The apex court will resume hearing on Monday (today) the petition filed by the PTI against the ruling of Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari during the re-election of Punjab chief minister. 

Mazari had rejected 10 votes of the PML-Q members citing Article 63(A) of the Constitution as a result of which PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz retained the office of the chief minister. Unhappy with Mazari’s decision and terming it “unconstitutional and illegal,” the PTI had approached the apex court in this regard. 

Aside from the PML-N, the PPP, and the JUI-F, petitioner parties include the MQM-P, the ANP, the BNP, and the BAP, among others.

“All the parties in the coalition government demand emphatically of the CJP that a full-court bench hear the case filed against ruling of the deputy speaker Punjab Assembly,” said a joint statement issued by the ruling alliance.

The parties said it will be fair that the full court bench, comprising all the respected judges of the Supreme Court, review the Supreme Court bar application, the present application, and other related applications, and schedule them for hearing together and issue a single ruling because these are matters of national, political and constitutional importance.

In this regard, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said that there was no mala fide intent involved in the demand to form a full bench.

“I am not demanding the formation of a full court with any kind of mala fide intent. This case will have far-reaching consequences on future politics,” said the law minister, adding that 220 million people’s votes should not be violated.

“MPAs are liable to vote on the instructions of the party chief. The matter is so serious that the decisions given in 2015 and 2018 will also be violated,” said Tarar. The court should hear the full court’s demand seriously, urged the minister.

“Last time, 25 of our votes were removed. This decision was made by the judges included in the same bench,” said Tarar.

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